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This won't shock a lot of people who have seen former U.S. Rep. David Jolly, R-Belleair Bluffs, on MSNBC and CNN all the time criticizing President Donald Trump, but he has left the Republican Party. He and wife Laura quietly registered under no-party affiliation weeks ago, Jolly said, spurred in large part by the pending birth of a daughter for whom they wanted to set an example and not be part of of the Trump party.
"It's also just a personal rejection of partisanship. It's a very comfortable place for us to be," said Jolly, who had initially vowed to stay in the GOP and try to help steer it back to traditional conservatism.
Leaving the GOP, by the way, also would make it easier for Jolly to run in his old south Pinellas County congressional district, which was re-drawn to lean strongly Democratic. It's an intriguing thought, two former self-described conservative Republicans, Charlie Crist and Jolly, running against each other.