Campaign 2010

Dec 16, 2013

In FL-13, Costly and Divisive Republican Primary Turns Into Slugfest

The costly and divisive Republican primary between Washington lobbyist David Jolly and Tallahassee Representative Kathleen Peters has turned into Republicans' strategic nightmare: a brutal, intra-party slugfest.

As Peters and Jolly burn their cash and credibility slinging mud at each other, it’s already becoming clear that there will be no Republican “winner” from this Republican primary.

“The expensive, divisive primary between Washington lobbyist David Jolly and Tallahassee Representative Kathleen Peters has turned into a nightmare scenario for Republicans: draining both candidates of resources while forcing Peters and Jolly to appeal to the most  dysfunctional fringe that shut down our nation’s government,” said David Bergstein of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. “The only sure outcome of Peters and Jolly spending their time and their cash trashing each other is that independent Pinellas voters will undoubtedly be turned off by both of them. With weeks to go before the primary election, these brutal primary attacks are undoubtedly just getting started.” 

See for yourself:

  • Tampa Bay Times: “Negative Campaigning has Begun in Republican Primary”  [Tampa Bay Times, 12/14/12]
  • SaintPetersBlog: “It’s Punch and Counter-Punch in the GOP Primary” [SaintPetersBlog, 12/14/13]
  • Creative Loafing: “Political Hunger Games in Pinellas” [Creative Loafing, 12/12/13]
  • Roll Call: “Peters has Quickly Seized on Her Opponent’s Lobbyist Label” [Roll Call, 11/25/13]
    National Journal: Jolly Jumping on Peters’ Refusal to “Absolutely Repeal” Affordable Care Act [National Journal, 12/11/13]
  • Tampa Bay Times: “David Jolly has unique challenge: lobbyist seeking seat in Congress” [Tampa Bay Times, 12/10/13]
  • Tampa Bay Times: “Race is Heating Up” Between Jolly and Peters [Tampa Bay Times, 12/06/13]
  • The Hill:  “GOP House hopeful has history of late tax payments” [The Hill, 12/13/13]

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