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Convincing black folk to not vote for Charlie Crist now central to David Jolly’s re-election campaign

With a week to go before Election Day, a shocking development has taken place in the race for Florida’s 13th Congressional District.

According to several sources, there are black people in the district! Not only that, they may not all vote as a monolithic block.

And, believe it or not, the Republican incumbent, David Jolly, is actually campaigning for the votes of black residents.

“It’s stunning,” said one St. Petersburg-based political consultant who asked to remain anonymous because it’s easier to say what you think when you don’t have to go on the record, even though it looks better for the writer if there are quotation marks in the top third of a story. “All along, the local GOP had just assumed that there was no way to convince a black person to vote for both Democrat Hillary Clinton and a Republican for Congress.”

“Mind blown,” said another Republican activist in between sending Snaps to his friends.

Separating black voters who support Clinton from Democrat Charlie Crist appears to be the key to Jolly’s re-election strategy. And there’s some math to back up Jolly’s logic.

In the only survey conducted by St. Pete Polls that had Jolly up on Crist, it was because the former governor’s partisan support was soft. In that poll — which showed Jolly with a three-point lead — Crist held only 67 percent of the Democratic base, with Jolly earning 20 percent.

In subsequent polls, all of which show Crist leading, the Democrat has been able to capture about three-fourths of his base.

Since that poll, which coincided with the first debate between Crist and Jolly, the Republican has aggressively targeted CD 13’s black voters.

It’s almost as if Jolly woke up Sept. 20 and discovered south St. Petersburg.

What a candidate posts to his Facebook page is, by no means, a scientific indicator of how they are spending the resources of money and time, but in the time since that poll showed Jolly with a pathway to victory that wound through Midtown St. Petersburg, he has posted disproportionately more about campaigning with black voters.

In the period between when Jolly announced he would drop out of the U.S. Senate race to the first debate (June 17 to Sept. 19), Jolly’s campaign posted approximately 61 photos to Facebook. Of those photos, 40 feature people who where white, 21 of people who were black.

Since the debate, Jolly’s campaign has featured 16 photos with faces of color, while only four are of white people.

Mind you, this is all back-of-the-envelope math, so scroll through Jolly’s Facebook page yourself. Do so and you will see that the battle for CD 13 is not being fought in the tony neighborhoods of Old Northeast and Snell Isle or the beach communities.

No, the winner of Congressional District 13 may very well be decided by the black folk of south St. Petersburg.

 

Direct mail round-up: Jack Latvala reminds Pinellas voters what’s at stake this election

A new mailer from Clearwater Republican state Sen. Jack Latvala offers a simple message: “This election is not just about Washington D.C.”

Latvala’s mailer lets Pinellas County voters know what he believes is at stake this November — at both the state and local levels — with a handy voters’ guide for down-ballot races.

“It’s also about Florida and Pinellas County!” he says.

On the congressional level, the mailer suggests support for Republicans Marco Rubio for U.S. Senate and David Jolly for Florida’s 13th Congressional District. Photos of Democratic opponents — Congressman Patrick Murphy and former Republican Gov. Charlie Crist — are shown shadowed with their faces crossed out.

“Of these men, who can best be trusted to keep our taxes low, our nation secure and government out of our lives,” the flyer says. “YOUR VOTE could make the difference in these races.”

As for representing Pinellas in Tallahassee, Latvala is joined by state Reps. Chris Latvala of House District 67 and Chris Sprowls of HD 65.

“Do we want to turn back the clock on our state to a time when crime rates were skyrocketing, taxes were increased every year, and our public schools had no accountability?” Latvala asks. “YOUR VOTE can keep leaders like Jack Latvala, Chris Sprowls, and Chris Latvala fighting for us in Tallahassee!”

Locally, the flyer endorses Mike Mikruak for Pinellas County Commissioner; if he wins, it could result in a return to Republican majority on the board.

“YOUR VOTE for Mike Mikurak can help Republicans win back the majority on our County Commission that was lost in 2014 for the first time in 50 years!” the mailer says.

With such discord at the top of the presidential ticket this year, Latvala’s flyer reminds us that all politics — and good governance — is indeed local.

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October money race shows David Jolly keeping pace with Charlie Crist in CD 13

Charlie Crist reported another $24,100 in contributions to his congressional campaign at the end of last week, while incumbent Republican Rep. David Jolly reported $22,600.

Crist reported another 17 contributions since Thursday, including $1,000 from Democratic State Sen. Maria Sachs, $1,000 from Connecticut Democratic U.S. Rep. Jim Himes, and $2,700 from philanthropist and former diplomat Elaine Schuster.

Jolly’s newly filed numbers showed eight new contributions, including $5,000 from Caspers Company CEO Blake Casper, $1,000 from Maryland Republican U.S. Rep. Andy Harris, and $2,600 from Pat Mooney, who ran in the crowded primary to replace Rep. Ron DeSantis earlier this cycle.

People for Pinellas, a committee backing Jolly’s re-election campaign, also filed a few more notices ahead of the weekend.

On Thursday, the group reported spending $20,000 for online advertising with Virginia-based Red Digital, and spent another $1,600 on calls from Election Connections’ telephone banks.

Jolly led Crist in total fundraising after the pair filed their most recent reports, which covered through Oct. 19. At that point, Jolly had brought in about $1.9 million and had about $160,000 of that money on hand.

Crist had raised about $1.5 million through Oct. 19 and had about $170,000 in his campaign account.

Duke, FPL fuel pro-David Jolly super PAC

U.S. Rep. David Jolly’s re-election campaign in Florida’s 13th Congressional District took in $625,000 over the first 19 days of October, with half coming from utility companies.

People for Pinellas, the committee backing the incumbent Republican, received a $250,000 check from Florida Power & Light and another $100,000 from Duke Energy, with the American Society of Anesthesiologists PAC donating $100,000, and St. Pete businessmen James MacDougald and Bill Edwards giving $50,000 apiece.

Jolly has been on the receiving end of attack ads due to his ties to Duke Energy, which has charged Pinellas County customers millions in “nuclear cost recovery fees” for nuclear power plants that have not been built.

The finance report shows People for Pinellas spent about $250,000 during the reporting period, mainly on media production and placement, and had about $574,000 on hand as of Oct. 19.

The committee has filed several notices since the close of the reporting period, including a $163,000 payment to Virginia-based Media Ad Ventures for media placement and another $20,000 to Red Digital for online advertising.

Jolly is running against former Gov. Charlie Crist, a Democrat. CD 13 covers the southern half of Pinellas County.

Pro-David Jolly super PAC calls Charlie Crist a ‘career flip-flopper’ in new ad

A super PAC backing Rep. David Jolly is out with a new advertisement slamming Charlie Crist.

People for Pinellas,” the super PAC backing Jolly’s re-election bid in Florida’s 13th Congressional District, released a new ad this week. The 30-second spot, called “Enough,” calls the former Florida governor a “political lightweight” and “career flip-flopper.”

“We’ve had enough. These politicians making it about them, not us. And that’s the Charlie Crist story. Thirty years running for office, nothing to show for it,” an announcer says in the ad.

“David Jolly is different,” the announcer continues. “Washington insiders can’t stand him because Jolly stands with us, not them; fighting for Pinellas.”

The match-up in Florida’s 13th Congressional District is one of the most-watched congressional races this election cycle. The district has been ranked as “lean Democratic” by the Cook Political Report.

Mitch Perry Report for 10.27.16 — Marco Rubio and Patrick Murphy battle it one last time

So much in the news today to discuss, but let’s start (and end) with a review of last night’s debate between Marco Rubio and Patrick Murphy.

If you were scoring at home (congratulations if you were, to paraphrase Keith Olbermann from his ESPN days), you might have had Rubio up by a few points at the end, but like the first debate, it was relatively competitive throughout.

Rubio has a lot more experience on the debate stage, which is why Murphy should have debated Pam Keith and Alan Grayson in August. That’s old news, but he needed to sharpen himself up against Rubio, and that was a blown opportunity.

One of the most interesting exchanges was about the Affordable Care Act, and a reason why the Health & Human Services Department announced premiums would rise for the ACA by an average of 22 percent in the coming year.

As is pretty common knowledge, the vast majority of those people who have signed up for the plan are older and sicker. Younger folks who are healthy and (for the most part) don’t require insurance, aren’t paying into it, and are willing to suck up the fine from the I.R.S.

The ACA did have a mechanism in it to help adjust for the added risk insurers might have to take on. That’s where Rubio comes into play. As he said again last night, he led the way in stopping what he called “a bailout” to the insurance companies by blocking that mechanism from kicking in.

PolitiFact says “experts have said Rubio is wrong to call the program a bailout, and that the program is supposed to pay for itself through fees from insurers.”

Call it what you want, but Rubio says the key thing is he saved taxpayers money. Murphy takes the view that the move is hurting those people on the ACA who now have to pay these higher premiums.

When asked what his plan was in place of the ACA, Rubio said he wanted to make it easier for employers to incentivize their workers to buy tax-free plans or to give people tax credits to purchase plans, as well as create “high-risk” pools for those with pre-existing conditions. Murphy said that’s been tried in other states and found wanting.

If you didn’t see the debate, however, you could boil the candidates’ arguments down to one sentence. In the case of Rubio, it was that Murphy had accomplished nothing during his four years in Congress.

For Murphy, it was that Rubio never showed up to vote; and why wouldn’t he denounce Donald Trump?

Murphy said that A LOT. It sort of seemed a bit desperate at the end.

Obviously Chuck Schumer and the DSCC doesn’t believe they need Florida to win back the U.S. Senate. According to the Cook Political Report, the Dems are poised to win 5-7 states next month, which would get them over the top. That’s NOT including Florida.

In other news …

It’s getting closer in Florida. CNN announced this morning they have moved Florida from “leaning Democrat” to “battleground.” That’s based on a Bloomberg poll showing Trump winning in Florida that startled a few folks yesterday. A few hours later, a Florida Atlantic University poll showed Hillary Clinton back up, but only by three points, after having been up by six in the same survey two weeks earlier.

Hillary Clinton spoke before a sun-splashed crowd in downtown Tampa yesterday, warning her supporters that Donald Trump has been telling supporters he can win, and that he’s right in saying that.

Rubio continues to lead Murphy in two new polls — obviously conducted pre-debate.

The League of Conservation Voters is kicking another $100,000 for a digital ad campaign against David Jolly in the CD 13 race.

That controversial campaign ad by the DCCC that photoshopped Jolly with Trump was fodder for some Stephen Colbert humor the other night.

Charlie Crist talks public service in new CD 13 ad

Charlie Crist has started to make his closing argument to the voters of Florida’s 13th Congressional District.

The Crist campaign released its fourth ad of the 2016 election cycle. The 30-second spot, called “Helping People,” is meant to showcase how his dedication to public service was inspired by his father.

“My dad was a family doctor in Pinellas County for 55 years. He used to even take me on house calls. Both my parents taught me to help others. That’s why I believe in public service,” the former governor says in the advertisement. “As your governor, we got things done. And if you send me to Congress, we can do it again. I’ll protect Social Security and Medicare, defend Planned Parenthood and women’s health care, and I’ll take care of our veterans.”

Crist faces Republican Rep. David Jolly in Florida’s 13th Congressional District.

The new ad will air on Tampa cable and broadcast stations, along with an ad released last week featuring President Barack Obama.

League of Conservation Voters to spend $100K more on digital ads vs. David Jolly

The League of Conservation Voters (LCV) on Wednesday announced a new $100,000 digital ad campaign against Florida Congressional District 13 Republican David Jolly, who is battling for re-election against Democrat Charlie Crist.

This is the second time in two weeks the environmental organization has announced they are spending money to try to doom Jolly’s re-election efforts. LCV announced a $200,000 mail campaign last week in the district, which encompasses most of Pinellas County.

The new ad contends Jolly protected “big oil” and gas interests in his previous career as a Washington D.C.-based lobbyist.

“Newly released documents show oil giant Exxon had scientific evidence 40 years ago that climate change is being fueled by carbon pollution, and spent millions covering it up, propping up politicians to block action to protect us,” reads the ad’s voiceover. “The local connection — 13th district Congressman David Jolly. A longtime lobbyist, Jolly is one of the politicians listed taking tens of thousands from oil and gas interests, and voting their way. David Jolly protected big oil. Not us.”

“It’s ironic they spent their first $200K on a message that had nothing to do with the environment,” said Jolly. “Voters recognize a cheap political hit when they see one.”

LCV has named Jolly to their “Dirty Dozen” list, and said he has a record of attacking clean air and water protections. They specifically noted a February 2016 vote against a bill that would designate the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge as wilderness.

They also noted his vote to overturn President Obama’s Clean Power Plan in December 2015. Other votes that the organization highlighted can be found here.

SPB has reached out to the Jolly camp for comment. You can watch the new digital ad below:

DCCC doctored photo ad becomes comedy fodder for Stephen Colbert

That controversial television ad that photoshopped Pinellas County GOP Congressman David Jolly with Donald Trump made for some fodder on a late night comedy show Tuesday, when “The Late Show’s” Stephen Colbert referred to it during his monologue.

“Democrats couldn’t find any photos tying Jolly to Trump, so they just photoshopped Trump with his arm around Jolly,” Colbert said, showing a still photo from the ad.

“That is not fair, Democrats,” he chided. “With photoshop you can make anyone seem like friends, even Hillary and Bill Clinton!”

The CBS late night talk-show host continued.

“And if you’re going to photoshop somebody, at least make it interesting. Make it a three-way with Trump, Jolly, and the American flag,” with an accompanying photoshopped picture ending the bit.

Jolly is running against Democrat Charlie Crist in Florida’s 13th Congressional District. Unlike some Republicans, Jolly has not endorsed the Republican presidential nominee, and in fact at times has been quite critical of Trump, saying last December that his call for a ban on Muslims was a disqualifying act.

Nevertheless, the Democratic Campaign Congressional Committee ran the ad over the past several weeks, despite calls by Jolly’s team to Crist and to local television stations to pull the ad.

Crist finally opted to do so on Monday, after the Tampa Bay Times editorial page called on him to do so.

Dwight Dudley, activists slam David Jolly; Jolly’s spokeswoman slams Charlie Crist

Outgoing Democratic state Rep. Dwight Dudley and several Pinellas activists gathered Tuesday to call out U.S. Rep. David Jolly for his “failure to stand up for” the people of Congressional District 13.

Dudley and the others gathered in Williams Park, across from Duke Energy, which they accused of “ripping off” consumers.

“Big energy companies like Duke Energy continue to rip off Florida’s working families, over-billing consumers by millions of dollars,” Dudley said. “David Jolly took thousands of dollars in campaign contributions from Duke Energy, and he has stood by silently while they overcharge consumers.”

Dudley added, “David Jolly is comfortable being in the pocket of Duke Energy. This is why he hasn’t spoken up for consumers. His silence in the face of such an outrage is alarming.”

The solution, said Dudley and the others, is to vote for former Gov. Charlie Crist, the Democrat challenging Jolly for the CD 13 seat.

Dudley said Crist has a history of looking out for and protecting Floridians by standing against big utility companies and focusing on clean, renewable energy.

“No wonder Duke Energy has given money to his opponent in this race,” Dudley said. Dudley added that Crist also wants to protect Social Security, not privatize it, as Jolly has advocated.

While Crist’s supporters were holding their press conference — with two Republican Party onlookers — Jolly was unleashing his own barrage in the form of a press release:

“Charlie Crist will today host a press conference in an attempt to tie Congressman David Jolly, Republican candidate for Florida Congressional District 13, to additional energy fees related to the state-regulated energy industry and Congressional Republicans’ plans for Social Security.

“The problem for Charlie is he was the governor who signed into law House Bill 549, in 2007, and House Bill 7135, in 2008. These two pieces of legislation essentially expanded the very program which Crist is now falsely attacking Congressman Jolly. The federal government, for which Congress has jurisdiction, also has no responsibility for nuclear recovery fees.

”In regard to Social Security, Congressman Jolly has continued to oppose privatization, having reiterated that position at a Suncoast Tiger Bay Forum with Crist on Thursday, Oct. 6, 2016, and has repeatedly voted against Republican budget proposals in Congress to make changes to the program (H.Con.Res.96 and H.Con.Res.27). Additionally, Congressman Jolly has called for Social Security to be guaranteed, despite a U.S. Supreme Court ruling to the contrary, and has introduced legislation to change the cost-of-living formula for Social Security recipients to better reflect the real rate of inflation for seniors (H.R. 4551, Keeping our Promise to Seniors Act).”

The press release includes quotes from Jolly spokeswoman Sarah Bascom, who calls Crist a liar and says he is using scare tactics.

“Charlie Crist has not had a good week so far,” Bascom said. “First, he gets called out for not denouncing a photoshopped ad by the Democratic Washington establishment until the media tells him to, and conveniently only does so when he knows the ad was cycling off television anyway. But now, he is falsely attacking David Jolly for a bill he supported and for an issue that Congress has no control over. Clearly, they are seeing the closing poll numbers that we are seeing and are getting desperate that they may lose yet another campaign for office — on the heels of two other losses, for two other offices, in which he was a member of two different parties.

“What’s even worse, or perhaps just more disturbing, is that Charlie Crist fails to mention that Congress has no jurisdiction over this matter of nuclear cost recovery. But that does not stop him from lying to the voters in an effort to lob a false attack on his opponent yet again.

“Crist has also been making the scare tactic rounds by echoing claims meant to frighten seniors with claims that their Social Security is threatened. A claim that has been disproved and he knows is false. In a senior-heavy district, this is an all-time low for a man who wants to represent the Pinellas County community.”

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