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February 12, 2016

Florida Democrat Won’t Challenge David Jolly in November

Democrat Jessica Ehrlich has decided not challenge Florida Republican Rep. David Jolly, the winner of a highly competitive special election last month.

“Washington remains gridlocked and broken. After careful consideration, I have decided to not run for Congress at this time,” Ehrlich said in an email to CQ Roll Call. “New and exciting opportunities have come my way which will help me better serve my neighbors, the voters of the 13th, and all Floridians.”

Ehrlich lost to Republican Rep. C.W. Bill Young in Florida’s 13th District in 2012 and had already announced she was challenging him again in 2014 when Young died in October. But in the special-election race to replace Young, national Democrats threw their support behind former Florida Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink.

Ehrlich subsequently suspended her campaign, and Sink later lost the race to Jolly. Sink has also since passed on a challenge to Jolly in November.

“I would like to thank all those who reached out to me encouraging me to run for their unwavering support and know that we will continue to fight together for a brighter future,” Ehrlich added in the email.

The race is rated Leans Republican by Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call.

  • Adam Smith

    Whether it’s murdering the unborn or attempting to deny care to the born, like Sarah Murnaghan, today’s liberalism is basically a death cult.

  • View From The Left

    Only stupid people think that. Oh wait! You’re a conservative and you use less brain power so of course you think that.

    Do some research and you won’t look so stupid next time:

  • Charlene Weshley

    Here we find yet another example of a delusional mulatto engaged in violence against civilization:

  • Yonatan YONATAN

    As a former republican supporter, it sickens me the way the senate republicans have held” hostage” the passing of the unemployment extension bill in the senate. When there are more than 2.6 million families affected by unemployment in this country, many of whom have lost everything and have become homeless, while waiting for the extension bill to finally be passed. It saddens me to think that my party who claims to represent “family values”, have shown itself, to be the party that represents big business interests, and lobbyists. Senators such as John Boehner, have put the interest of the XL Oil Pipeline lobbyist, before his own constituents, and countrymen. The republican party has shown us their “new face”, and it’s not a pretty one. When millions of families in this country have had to face evictions, home foreclosures, personal bankruptcy, and homelessness, the senate are still playing “party politics” as usual. Since late last December the republican senate have used these poor families as bargaining chips, and for political leverage, to advance their own political agenda. As Benjamin Franklin once said “you can’t fool all of the people all of the time”, and the republican party will see a tremendous backlash by these millions of voters in the coming election. Many of voters who were once long time republicans, are disillusioned, and disgusted by the republicans uncaring and unsympathetic policies and decisions. I nor any of my “former ‘ republican friends, will not ever AGAIN VOTE FOR THE REPUBLICAN PARTY.

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