Feb 03, 2014
Ahead of Debate, Pinellas Residents Can’t Trust Washington Lobbyist David Jolly
Ahead of tonight’s first debate in Florida’s 13th Congressional District, it’s already clear that Pinellas residents can’t trust Washington Lobbyist David Jolly.
First, there’s Lobbyist Jolly’s record of not telling the truth – a record we fully expect he’ll live up to tonight. Here’s what independent newspapers and experts have said about some of Lobbyist Jolly’s more dishonest claims:
- PolitiFact: Mostly False: David Jolly says he “never lobbied for offshore oil drilling.”
- Tampa Bay Times’ Tim Nickens: “His explanation that he did not lobby for the bill but overcomplied with disclosure laws sounds awfully convenient.”
- Washington Post’s Dana Milbank: “Overcomplying, eh? Sounds as if Jolly is overreaching.”
- Public Citizen Congress Watch Division Director Lisa Gilbert: “It would be extremely uncommon for any lobbyist to overreport what their work entailed.”
- Lisa Rosenberg, Sunlight Foundation: "I think he's trying to make a little revisionist history here…I have never heard of anyone saying I over-complied by reporting extra issues I'm not really advocating for. This is a new one to me.”
- Tampa Bay Times’ Daniel Ruth: “…Jolly had registered as a lobbyist for offshore oil drilling interests and a group that wants to privatize Social Security. But if Jolly is to be believed, he has carved out a unique lobbying specialty of getting hired by offshore oil drilling supporters and Social Security reformers precisely not to lobby on those issues. Is Washington not a great city of opportunity?”
Then there’s Washington Lobbyist Jolly’s record on the issues that matter to Pinellas residents, which makes it clear that seniors, veterans, women and middle class families can’t trust a Lobbyist like Jolly to work for them in Congress:
- On Social Security: Lobbyist Jolly says “everything should be on the table, including private accounts,” a position that would force seniors to gamble with their retirement in the stock market. Jolly also lobbied for an extreme group whose founder supported privatizing Social Security accounts.
- On Medicare: Lobbyist Jolly said there was “a lot of good” in the Ryan Budget that ends the Medicare guarantee and would force seniors to pay $6,400 more every year. Jolly also admitted he lobbied Paul Ryan, on the Ryan Budget that would turn Medicare into a costly voucher program.
- On Equal Pay for Women, Raising the Minimum Wage: On Paycheck Fairness, Lobbyist Jolly “said he personally opposes it.” Jolly even said he opposes raising the Minimum Wage.
- On the environment and offshore drilling: Lobbyist Jolly lobbied to expand offshore drilling. On the environment, the Tampa Bay Times wrote Jolly’s “irresponsible position [is] based on ignorance, or worse, pandering. Only Democrat Alex Sink has shown a commitment to helping turn the tide on climate change.”
- On The Affordable Care Act: Lobbyist Jolly supports radical repeal of the ACA, a position opposed by Republican Kathleen Peters in the primary. Jolly’s repeal would re-open the Medicare prescription donut hole, eliminating $186 million in savings for over 226,000 Medicare beneficiaries in Florida. USA Today recently wrote that Jolly’s repeal “would mean higher costs” for everyone, The National Journal wrote that a recent Republican healthcare “plan is for people to pay for more of their health care,” and the US Chamber of Commerce recently came out against repeal.
“Pinellas residents will see exactly why they can’t trust a Washington lobbyist like David Jolly who plays fast and loose with the truth,” said David Bergstein of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. “Lobbyist Jolly has already proven he’ll use Rick Scott-style attacks to twist the truth, but what’s even more troubling is that Lobbyist Jolly would balance our budget by protecting unfair tax breaks for his corporate clients while making seniors, veterans and middle class families pay more. In Congress, Lobbyist Jolly would do what lobbyists always do – put special interests over Pinellas and make the gridlock worse.”