Nov 13, 2013
FL-13 Republican Disarray Episode II: Latvala Strikes Back
Last week, Republican Senator Jack Latvala made it clear just how Florida Republicans feel about Washington lobbyist David Jolly, stating “I really don't think the timing is right for a Washington lobbyist to move to our district and run for Congress” while adding, "I will guarantee you there will be another candidate besides him."
And with Jolly’s own Party already openly hostile to his campaign, yesterday’s news that Joe Ayoub and Latvala ally Kathleen Peters are potentially interested in primarying Jolly only continues the disarray that has plagued the Republican field with less than one week until qualifying begins.
“If Washington Lobbyist David Jolly is the Republican nominee – still an if – he’ll be the damaged, last-choice candidate who is unable to count on the support of the leaders of his own party who are desperate to stop his campaign,” said David Bergstein of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. “First, top-tier potential Republican recruits looked at their party’s brand of dysfunctional government shutdown and refused to even attempt a campaign. But now even Florida Republicans are saying that sending Jolly back to Washington is a bad idea because Jolly would do what lobbyists always do: make Congress worse.”
Republicans who have already refused to attempt a campaign include: former Clearwater Mayor Frank Hibbard; Pinellas Sheriff Bob Gualtieri; former St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Baker; Beverly Young; Bill Young II; County Commissioner Karen Seel; former state Rep. Larry Crow, Clearwater Mayor George Cretekos; State Sens. Brandeis and Latvala, and others.
Republican State Senator Jack Latvala: “I really don't think the timing is right for a Washington lobbyist to move to our district and run for Congress." “‘I really don't think the timing is right for a Washington lobbyist to move to our district and run for Congress,’ said state Sen. Jack Latvala, R-Clearwater. Latvala added, ‘I will guarantee you there will be another candidate besides him.’" [Tampa Bay Times, 10/4/13]