Environmental group steps up to help Charlie Crist beat David Jolly
The League of Conservation Voters has added Republican U.S. Rep. David Jolly of Pinellas County Jolly to their “Dirty Dozen” list, announcing a $200,000 mail campaign against him. . The LCV and LCV Victory Fund said they are spending at least $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 where Democrat Charlie Crist is running to unseat him. The ads, LCV said, will highlight "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 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. Others include Jason Lewis, Cresent Hardy, Donald Trump, Pat Toomey, Joe Heck, Ron Johnson and Rob Portman.
From the Jolly campaign:
"Charlie and his beltway partisans are clearly desperate if they are now trying to tarnish Rep. Jolly's bipartisan environmental record that includes working across the aisle with Gwen Graham, Kathy Castor, and Bill Nelson to protect Florida's Gulf Coast from oil drilling, advance our coastal resiliency, fighting to preserve our Everglades, and leading the effort to strengthen our fisheries and estuaries," said Max Goodman, noting that Congressman Jolly is the original founder of the Congressional Coastal Communities Caucus.
"Congressman Jolly is also one of the few Republicans in Congress who believes we should accept the science of climate change and focus on solutions that will preserve the environment and strengthen our coastlines, while protecting and creating jobs in the Sunshine State. Today's special interest mail buy only affirms that Charlie is in bed with monied special interests. As we have said all along, Jolly will win this thing without a dollar being spent from DC groups entrenched in establishment, partisan politics."