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Jolly Hires Crist Staffer as Senior Adviser

He said he hasn’t made a final decision on a 2018 rematch.

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Ally Mutnick
Jan. 24, 2017, 10:11 a.m.

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.

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