Rep. David Jolly (R) is running for the U.S. Senate in Florida and is out pushing his The Stop Act legislation that would prevent members of Congress from “dialing for dollars” while serving in public office, calling the practice “shameful.”
Jolly has received national attention regarding his bill, including exclusive prime time coverage on CBS’ “60 Minutes” Sunday evening television program.
“Republicans, Democrats and Independents can all agree on one thing – the public did not elect Members of Congress to go to Washington and spend their time raising money for their re-election…They are not paying members $174,000 a year to spend, in some cases 20 or 30 hours a week, on the phone dialing for dollars. But that is exactly what is happening.”-Rep. David Jolly (R)
But while this kind of anti-Washington establishment talk is red meat for Conservative grassroots activists around the country, some believe that Jolly is being hypocritical because of his past history of “dialing for dollars.”
Jolly’s loudest critic is Todd Wilcox, a retired CIA officer and U.S. Army veteran, who is challenging him in the Republican senatorial primary race in Florida.
Wilcox put out a press release calling Jolly a hypocrite and a “career politician” who “wants us to believe he’s had a big change of heart when it comes to money in politics,” adding that his performance on “60 Minutes” was “Emmy worthy.”
Here is Wilcox’s press release:
Wilcox and Jolly are in a growingly contentious primary race against Rep. Ron DeSantis, builder Carlos Beruff, and Florida Lt. Governor Carlos Lopez-Cantera.
The winner of the Republican senatorial primary race will face the winner of the already ugly Democratic senate primary race between Rep. Alan Grayson and Rep. Patrick Murphy.