With new ads, Pinellas congressional race heats up
A new television commercial for Republican congressional candidate Kathleen Peters went up this morning, and shows the race is heating up between her and fellow GOP hopeful David Jolly.
Peters takes a jab at Jolly in the ad, saying "the choice is clear: A Washington lobbysit who has put his special interest clients first; or a local community leader who has put Pinellas families first."
Peters is a state representative and former South Pasadena mayor. Jolly is a former longtime aide to the late U.S. Rep. C.W. Bill Young. Jolly lives in Pinellas County but also has worked in recent years as a Washington-based lobbyist, lawyer and consultant.
Jolly released his own commercial this week and immediately took criticism because portions appear to have been filmed in parts of St. Petersburg that are outside of the district.
Peters, Jolly and retired Marine Corps Brig. Gen. Mark Bircher are running in the Jan. 14 Republican primary for the seat. The winner will go on to face Democrat Alex Sink and Libertarian Lucas Overby in the March 11 general election. They are running in Florida's 13th Congressional District, which stretches from south Pinellas to Dunedin, with a good portion of southern and downtown St. Petersburg cut out.
The special election was called after the death of Young, who represented Pinellas in Congress for more than 40 years.