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Outside groups claim role in Jolly's victory



Republican David Jolly complained openly about the role of outside money in the race but it also leveled the field for him against the better-funded Alex Sink. Tonight, those winning groups claimed a share of the victory.

"This is what happens when conservatives run a smart, united effort to advance our ideas and elect next-generation leaders. It's also an ominous sign for liberals who have supported President Obama's harmful, unpopular agenda. Congratulations to David Jolly on a hard-won race, and to all of the excellent conservative leaders and organizations who pitched in to earn this bellwether victory," said Chris Bond, spokesman for YG Network.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce's national political director Rob Engstrom: "The Chamber is proud to have supported David Jolly in this election. David has spent his career fighting for policies that will boost hiring, economic growth, and job creation in Pinellas County and the Bay area. He understands the importance of American free enterprise and is fighting to get regulations, taxes, and spending under control. We look forward to working with him on behalf of the business community.”‎

American Crossroads president and CEO Steven Law: "A lot of us rolled up our sleeves after 2012, studied the Obama playbook and invested in targeted voter turnout and more effective messaging.  The Florida CD-13 special was an important test market and there was unprecedented cooperation among outside groups.  We intend to keep refining these lessons as we prepare for the fall elections."

[Last modified: Tuesday, March 11, 2014 8:42pm]


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