NRCC chairman says he'll talk to Jolly about 13th District race
Congressman David Jolly is in a tight battle to keep his 13th District seat, now tilting blue after court-orderered redistricting.
He'll face long-shot Republican Mark Bircher in the Aug. 30 primary, but the bigger battle brewing is with former governor Charlie Crist, whose most recent show of national Democrat support were rumors he was under consideration to be Hillary Clinton's vice-president.
Jolly's prospects haven't been helped by a very visible spat with the National Republican Congressional Committee, which strongly criticized Jolly after an April 60 Minutes interview in which the congressman voiced his frustration about the constant pressure on House members to raise money for reelection.
At the time, Jolly was running for U.S. Senate. But Marco Rubio's decision in June to defend that seat persuaded Jolly to try to keep the House seat.
NRCC money would be very helpful to Jolly in the race, which makes comments by the group's chairman, U.S. Rep. Greg Walden of Oregon, during last week's GOP convention intriguing.
During a C-SPAN interview, Walden was asked about the rift with Jolly. After noting that the new district lines made it a difficult task to retain the seat "for any Republican," Walden sounded sem-conciliatory.
He'll be having a conversation with Jolly to see "what kind of race he wants to run," Walden said.
Jolly's campaign didn't have any comment Monday.
The latest campaign fundraising numbers show Crist outraised Jolly by more than $30,000 from April to June and has about $260,000 more in available cash.
Here's a link to the interview. Walden's comments about Jolly start around the 23:54 mark.