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How David Jolly's planned run in 2010 got sidelined



Well, there's at least one of other person to back up the contention by Beverly Young and David Jolly that the late U.S. Rep. CW Bill Young wanted Jolly, his personal attorney and former congressional aide, to succeed him in Congress. USF St. Petersburg Professor Emeritus  Darryl Paulson tells Buzz that Young told him the same thing several years ago.

Paluson: In 2010, I interviewed Young and he told me if his plans to retire that year.  He said he wanted to retire earlier, but certain Democrats kept saying "crazy and untrue things" about him, and it annoyed him so much he continued to run.
  In 2010, he had definitely decided to step down and I was asked to "leak" the possibility to the media.  I did so on the Oct 16 edition of Florida This Week, mentioning that Young would step down at the end of his current turn.  The other part that I did not mention at the time was that Young would do whatever he could to help Jolly win his seat.  Jolly actually had met with the head of the House Republican campaign Committee and other key individuals to line up endorsements and financial support.
   Young did not retire in 2010 and I received some criticisms from political bloggers for being wrong. ,,, .
   I wasn't wrong.  Young had his mind changed by key Republicans in Congress who believed that because of the public reaction to the passing of Obamacare, they thought they could win control of the House.  That was a long shot, because they had to pick up about 60 seats.  They knew Young could win reelection and they also knew that they would not have to spend a nickel to defend the seat.  A replacement to Young would have brought out top tier Dems and the race would have been costly for the NRCC.
   So, Young played the role of party loyalist, announced his reelection, and Jolly's effort to win the seat was put on hold.



[Last modified: Monday, November 11, 2013 9:11pm]


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