Environmental group pledges $200,000 to defeat Jolly
As if incumbent Republican David Jolly doesn't have enough problems with opposition cash flooding in his race against Charlie Crist in the 13th Congressional District, he's got another headache on the way.
The League of Conservation Voters named Jolly to its "Dirty Dozen" list and said it would spend $200,000 to defeat him.
The group takes issue with Jolly's environmental record.
Full release below:
– Today, the League of Conservation Voters (LCV) is naming incumbent Rep. David Jolly to their signature “Dirty Dozen” list, and announcing a $200,000 mail campaign to defeat him in Florida’s 13th Congressional district. This follows LCV and LCV Victory Fund announcing that they would spend $1 million or more to defeat House candidates in the 2016 cycle.
The six piece mail campaign will target 60,000 households in the district, detailing Jolly’s terrible record of attacking critical clean air and water protections, as opposed to challenger Charlie Crist’s pledge to invest in clean energy and safeguarding the coastal resources of Pinellas County. Jolly has an awful 8 percent on LCV’s National Environmental Scorecard.
“Jolly is a quintessential member of the Dirty Dozen, who used to lobby for fossil fuel special interests and is now doing their dirty work in Congress,” said LCV National Campaigns Director Clay Schroers. “They’ve spent tens of thousands to prop up his campaigns, while he’s voted to protect the billions they receive in taxpayer handouts. He’s voted their way, opposing investments in clean energy and critical clean air and water protections to protect their profits.”
“Rep. Jolly advocating for drilling off Florida’s coast shows just how totally out-of-touch he is with Pinellas County residents,” said Jonathan Webber, Deputy Director of Florida Conservation Voters. “He’s selling out the health of our families, and our outdoor recreation economy, just so his oil and gas industry friends can protect their profits.”
Jolly is the eighth candidate named to LCV’s 2016 Dirty Dozen List. He is joining John Lewis, Cresent Hardy, Donald Trump, Pat Toomey, Joe Heck, Ron Johnson and Rob Portman.
For 20 years, the Dirty Dozen has targeted candidates— regardless of party affiliation — who consistently side against the environment and are running in races in which LCV has a serious chance to affect the outcome. Last cycle, LCV defeated seven of the 12 Dirty Dozen candidates. In the last presidential year of 2012, LCV defeated 11 of 12.