Former Rep. David Jolly (R) “on Monday took a first step toward an attempted return to Congress by hiring an adviser of his successor” Rep. Charlie Crist (D) in “a surprise twist that rekindles their 2016 rivalry.”
“Vito Sheeley, who had served as Crist’s district director and campaign outreach director, will serve as ‘senior advisor for the 2018 political cycle.’”
Jolly: “While I have made no decision whether to pursue elective office in 2018, I am committed to continuing our important policy work of the last three years.”
In a statement, Crist praised Sheeley’s work for his campaign and wished him “a very bright future.” (Tampa Bay Times)
Jolly told National Journal in December, there is a “very good chance” he would seek his old seat, noting he lost to Crist by just 4 points in a district President Obama would have carried by 11 in 2012. “Had we had any outside help or had we had a few more weeks, we would have won it,” he said.