David Jolly: Is the GOP frontrunner to succeed mentor Bill Young local enough?
...Jolly is a native of Dunedin, the son of a Baptist pastor, but has not yet shaken the suggestion by critics that he's more a product of Washington D.C. than Pinellas County. He is defensive about this, and not entirely convincing when he tries to debunk the charge.
He stresses that he has lived in Pinellas since 2005 (He owns a 950-square-foot condo in Indian Shores that he and his wife bought in 2005 for $340,000. They own another 1,650-square-foot home in Washington bought in 2007 for $900,000).
Jolly often notes that he serves on an Indian Shores zoning board (Not a heavy lift considering that board has not met in three years).
He says he served as Rep. Young's district director for a year (Actually, it was more like seven months).
His cell phone number has a Washington area code. Since registering to vote in Pinellas in 2006 county records show he has voted by absentee ballot 10 times and in-person three times.
While Peters constantly refers to herself as a Pinellas soccer and Little League Mom, Jolly has no children. He is separated from Carrie, his wife of 15 years, and said their amicable divorce will be finalized in Washington on Jan. 16, two days after the special primary election.
"He's a great guy, and I wish him well," was all Carrie Jolly would say to the Times...