David Jolly and DCCC Get Ready for November
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The nation’s newest congressman is looking to build closer ties to supporters in his Pinellas County district even as he gears up for what could be a tough battle in November.
Newly elected U.S. Rep. David Jolly, R-Fla., unveiled a Web video on Monday night showcasing his win over former state CFO Alex Sink in last week’s special election to replace the late U.S. Rep. Bill Young, R-Fla., in Congress. Jolly won by a narrow margin, taking 49 percent of the vote while Sink pulled in 47 percent.
Jolly urged his supporters to “hold me accountable as I work each day for you” in his new congressional service.
The Democrats clearly intend to hold Jolly as accountable as possible. While, before the election, Sink downplayed talk that she would run again if she lost, she has left the door open to a rematch with Jolly come November in the general election. U.S. Rep. Steve Israel, D-N.Y., the chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC), told the media on Wednesday that he hoped Sink would run again.
The DCCC continues to signal that it intends to target the new congressman in the fall. When Jolly took his seat in Congress at the end of last week, the DCCC fired away at the new congressman, using some of the attacks that Sink employed during the campaign.
“Now the newest face of this Republican Congress is special-interest lobbyist David Jolly, who made a career out of stacking the deck for big corporations and millionaires,” said Josh Schwerin, a spokesman for the DCCC. “Jolly will fit right in with the Medicare-dismantling, health care-repealing, big oil-subsidizing, insurance company-coddling congressional Republicans who bend over backward for special interests at the expense of middle class families.”
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