Jack Latvala's David Jolly Endorsement Turns Up the Heat in CD 13

By: Kevin Derby | Posted: February 27, 2014 3:55 AM
David Jolly, Jack Latvala, Alex Sink

David Jolly, Jack Latvala, Alex Sink

With less than two weeks to go, the stakes just went up in the battle for an open congressional seat representing parts of Pinellas County.

While he backed state Rep. Kathleen Peters, R-St. Petersburg, in the primary, Florida Sen. Jack Latvala, R-Clearwater, Thursday endorsed David Jolly, the Republican running in the special election to replace the late U.S. Rep. Bill Young, R-Fla. Jolly takes on former state CFO Alex Sink, the Democratic nominee, and Libertarian Lucas Overby in the March 11 special election.

Latvala went after Sink on Thursday, slamming her support of President Barack Obama.

“I ask every voter today to take a long, hard look at Alex Sink’s history as a career politician who will clearly be a rubber stamp for the Obama agenda and will put the interests of her Washington backers above the interests of Pinellas County,” Latvala said.

“From what we are seeing, this is going to be a tight race come March 11th, but if voters base this decision on what truly matters – the ability to serve the people of Pinellas County, help grow our businesses and our economy and help fight Obamacare’s onerous impact on our seniors and our residents – the choice is actually quite clear," Latvala said. "It is clear Alex Sink continues to grow more and more out of step with what really matters to this community and will defend Obamacare and the Washington establishment at all costs. Let’s cast our vote for David Jolly – a man who will work to protect the jobs and the people of Pinellas County.”

Jolly replied quickly. “I thank Sen. Latvala for his support in this race to represent Pinellas County in Washington. I have said this from the very beginning, this is a Pinellas County race and as the senator well knows, we are a strong, vibrant community but we have many issues that need attention at the local, state and national level. We know everything that is wrong with Washington and we have to fix it. Job-crippling policies enacted by Obamacare have reduced worker hours and created uncertainty for our employers – that is no way to help grow our economy.

“We need to elect someone with a record of helping protect and grow local jobs here in Pinellas County,” Jolly added. “I worked with my mentor Bill Young on behalf of this community for nearly 20 years and have worked with small and large businesses throughout our district and county to grow manufacturing, high-tech and defense jobs for our skilled and unskilled workforce. I am ready to continue this commitment when we win this race on March 11th and head to Washington. Our friends and neighbors, our job creators and members of our local workforce deserve to be represented by someone who will put Pinellas County above the Washington agenda and the support of Obamacare.”

But the Florida Democratic Party highlighted Latvala’s criticism of Jolly during the primary, showcasing the state senator’s criticism of the congressional candidate’s lobbying in Washington and questioning his roots in the district.

“Republican Jack Latvala hit the nail on the head in the primary,” said Joshua Karp, a spokesman for the Florida Democratic Party. “Pinellas residents just can’t trust Washington lobbyist David Jolly.

“Even Republicans like Latvala criticized special-interest lobbyists as ‘just not part of our community,’ because it’s clear lobbyist David Jolly does not share Pinellas County values,” Karp added. “From wanting to overturn Roe v. Wade to opposing paycheck fairness for women, lobbyist Jolly’s radical tea party ideology could not be more out of step with the voters of Florida’s 13th Congressional District.”

In the meantime, the League of Conservation Voters (LCV) Victory Fund and the Sierra Club Political Committee teamed up on Thursday to launch a new television ad attacking Jolly for being skeptical of global warming. The groups are spending $350,000 on the new ad.

“David Jolly shouldn’t serve in Congress if he won’t acknowledge basic scientific facts,” said Gene Karpinski, president of LCV Victory Fund on Thursday. “Climate change is already posing a threat to Pinellas, and we can’t afford to have David Jolly in Congress standing in the way of action.” 

But even as those groups run a new ad, joining the likes of Emily’s List and House Majority PAC in launching ads attacking Jolly, Sink bemoaned “special interests,” specifically bringing up American Crossroads, a Republican super-PAC affiliated with Karl Rove, getting involved in the race.

“I wish Karl Rove and outside special interests were not spending millions of dollars trying to buy this campaign for their tea party candidate,” Sink emailed supporters on Thursday."They've spent more than $3 million in nasty attack ads against me, straight out of the Rick Scott playbook.”

Despite moving from Hillsborough County to the district after Young died, Sink played up her commitment to the Pinellas County district on Thursday.

“I’m focused on doing everything I can to make sure the voices of Pinellas County are heard in the halls of Congress,” Sink insisted. “Pinellas deserves a representative who can bring Republicans and Democrats together to solve our most pressing problems. It's not surprising that Karl Rove and shady super-PACs don’t share our concerns. They think with enough dollar signs, they can drown out the voices of real folks in Pinellas.”

Reach Kevin Derby at kderby@sunshinestatenews.com.

Comments (6)

Dave Francis
8:46PM FEB 28TH 2014
Should—YOU--want to know the truth about troubling issues that effect American society daily, which the Liberal mainstream press intentionally censors from their columns daily. Then join the millions of more new converts to the TEA PARTY dot org that are fleeing in droves the GOP establishment and the Democratic parties. THE TEA PARTY represents ALL the people, by birthright and who came to America LEGALLY.

EUGENE VOLOKH wrote in the Washington Post: Immigration also has many possible costs (economic, social, national security, domestic security, and liberty and congestion costs). These benefits and costs vary by type of immigrant — well-educated vs. uneducated, rich vs. poor, single vs. family, old vs. young, from countries in which there is a substantial amount of militant hostility against the U.S. vs. from other countries, and so on — often in complex ways.

With 10 million Americans out-of-work; 6 million employed on a part time basis how Congress can rationalize giving entry visas to more immigrants. America has already erupted in abject poverty, so are we going to import 30 million more?

Do NOT underestimate the TEA PARTY, as next MAY there is going to be a call to Arms; a March of millions of Tea Party patriots, reminiscent of the African American March back in October 16th, 1995 to the steps of the Capitol.

1. Illegal aliens are here illegally and should be deported. NO MORE AMNESTIES.
2. Pro-domestic employment is indispensable.
3. A strong military is essential.
4. Special interests must be eliminated from influencing Senators and Congressman that is corrupting the principles of the Oath of office.
5. Gun ownership is sacred.
6. Government must be downsized.
7. The national budget must be balanced.
8. Deficit spending must end.
9. Bailout and stimulus plans are illegal.
10. Reducing personal income taxes is a must. Abolish the IRS agency altogether and introduce a FAIR and Equitable tax FLAT TAX.
11. Reducing business income taxes is mandatory.
12. Political offices must be available to average citizens. We must rid ourselves of carrier politicians and elect new faces, especially those who believe in the policies of the TEA PARTY.
13. Intrusive government must be stopped.
14. English as our core language is required.
15. Traditional family values are encouraged

The TEA PARTY mission is to bring awareness to any issue which challenges the security, sovereignty or domestic tranquility of our beloved nation. Join the mega-millions in the TEA PARTY dot org and bring an end to the monopoly of the Democrats and Republicans. Stop the destruction of our beloved nation.

Even though the ACORN group is supposedly DEAD, it has been resurrected under a different name. I question--will the Democrats turn blind eyes to illegal aliens voting once, twice in one precinct, and then moving over to another Texas county to vote again?
10:01PM FEB 28TH 2014
Didn't even bother to read what the article was about . . . typical for the Tea Party mindset . . . . and apparently even from out of state and discussing some unknown issue there (i.e. Texas) . . . .

Pathetic . . . .
6:24PM FEB 28TH 2014
I'm shocked, just shocked that a Republican would support a GOP candidate . . . . clearly unheard of . . . . which is why it rates as breaking partisan news for SSN . . .

Instead of actually reporting on the latest politics of the "Big Lie" in this race . . . . . the lie by Jolly about Alex Sink's comments on immigration (i.e. supposedly that her position on immigrants is that they are only capable of being servants, maids, etc.) and based on a short You-Tube clip taken out of context, she has been labeled by some in the GOP as "racist" . . . . when in reality here's what she said about immigration:

"Immigration reform is important in our country. It's one of the main agenda items of the beaches' chamber of commerce, for obvious reasons, because we have a lot of employers over on the beaches that rely upon workers, and especially in this high-growth environment, where are you going to get people to work to clean our hotel rooms or do our landscaping? And we don't need to put those employers in a position of hiring undocumented and illegal workers.

I believe that the Senate came together in a bipartisan way to forge a solution. It was a very tough negotiation, and Sen. Marco Rubio was a participant in that, and one of the leaders, and members of his own party has even come against him. For every example that you hear, I think about the high school valedictorian —- I believe he lives in this district now. High school valedictorian.

He was brought here when he was a young man, 9 or 10 years old. He didn't choose to come here. His parents brought him. He was undocumented. And what does he do? How does he get an education? He did everything right. He became an incredible student. He even eventually ended up going to law school and becoming a lawyer. But right now he can't practice law because of his undocumented status. That's not right. We need to bring these people out the shadows so that they're paying into Social Security, paying into Medicare, paying federal income taxes, so that they're not security issues. But they have to earn their way. So we need immigration reform and I would definitely join with Democrats and Republicans in the House and pass immigration reform as soon as possible.''

Praising immigrants who succeed, racist, right . . . . anti-immigrant, right . . . . . "disgusting" as Jolly labeled it, and "should disqualify her from serving in the United States Congress" just as he also said, right . . . .

Sigh . . . . . just more demonizing, personal attacks by stupid right wing politics of the "Big Lie" . . . . that will probably start to blow up in Jolly's face now . . . . . once again, right wing partisan mouths can't help but eating their own shoes and acting simply . . .

Pathetic . . . .
11:18AM FEB 28TH 2014
So, VP Biden went to South Florida to raise money from south Florida donors to slush-fund political action committees in DC so they can buy network TV commercials @ agency in NYC to help a Congressional Candidate Alex Sink in Pinellas County. When SINK refers to the beaches as "Over there" it places it into perspective the views of the Thononasassa Democrat. Do YOU really believe she would represent our best interests or that of Obama and the National Democrat Party?

BTW: Maybe SINK and the Socialists think they are running for CD 19 but we are NOT CD19, WE ARE CD13 and Pinellas County has CD12, CD13 and CD14. Lets get this corrected.
9:03AM FEB 28TH 2014
Big deal, Jack Lahdidah endorses David Jolly! What is the old saying which includes the words "thick as thieves"? FL Sen Lahdidah is simply following orders received from the RPOF and nothing more. The current Republican membership is actually concerned as Dems and indys are slowly, but surely, nipping away at the Republican ranks. 14 years ago, Florida was surviving very well, but then the tides changed and the Republicans took over both houses. Take a look at us now! Are your lives better that you would return the current membership or are your lives NOT better, and actually a little bit (or more) worse than it was back when there were more Dems and indys in charge? It seems to boil down to this. The rich in Florida are getting richer while we, the middle class or lower, are actually paying the freight, and we have continued to return the current legislators to office, and even give them their buddies who want to get in on the action! I admit this tires me out but someone has GOT to see the light this November and truly take care of business. I'm not quite sure where it went but I'd like to ask each of the current membership in both house in Tallahassee AND Washingtion D.C., whatever happened to "we the people"? Seems that has been long forgotten and changed out with a new slogan, "we, the money and deal makers". Such a sad, but seemingly true commentary. As a registered Republican, I am embarrassed by my party's lack of caring and/or action.
So much so that I will be voting Democratic this election year in the hope of a more effective government who will represent ME.
pamela mcaloon
8:08PM FEB 28TH 2014
How can you say that the democrat party is more caring when their socialist policies such as the ACA are projected to create 2.3 million fewer jobs? BTW, if you are familiar with Jessica's Law, David Jolly was instrumental in getting that law, a law that protects our children, passed in the legislature. NOW THAT is caring!

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