Jeb Bush makes endorsement in Florida special election
February 4th, 2014
10:39 AM ET
9 months ago

Jeb Bush makes endorsement in Florida special election

(CNN) - Fresh after the first debate for the March 11 special congressional race in Florida, two Republican groups announced large ad buys backing the GOP nominee, David Jolly.

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush endorsed the Republican in a 30-second spot released Tuesday by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

"If you want a strong voice for Pinellas County in Washington, send Dave Jolly to Congress. I support him, and I hope you will too," Bush says in the ad.

The American Action Network, a group with deep roots in conservative circles, announced Tuesday it was running a $500,000 ad buy against Democratic nominee Alex Sink, attacking her for "lost jobs" and "lost pensions" during her time as the state's chief financial officer of Florida. Sink was also the Democratic gubernatorial nominee in 2010.

The new spots are the latest examples of third party groups cutting sizable checks for the special House election in Florida's 13th Congressional District, a race seen by many as a bellwether for the 2014 midterm elections later this year.

The winner will fill the remainder of the late Republican Rep. Bill Young's term, who died in October. Young, who was first elected to Congress in 1970, was the longest serving Republican in the House.

The district covers most of Pinellas County and parts of St. Petersburg and it's up for grabs: While Young captured 58% of the vote in his 2012 re-election, President Barack Obama narrowly carried the district. Obama also won it 2008, grabbing 51% support

A bulk of the money spent by outside groups has been directed against Sink by Republican groups, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. Hitting back, Sink went up with an ad of her own against Jolly last week.

Jolly and Sink went head to head Monday night, along with Libertarian candidate Lucas Overby, in a debate sponsored by the Tampa Bay Times, Bay News 9, St. Petersburg College and the AARP.

Topics that came up during the showdown included the Affordable Care Act, the size of government, and the state's upcoming ballot initiative on medical marijuana.

According to the Tampa Bay Times, Jolly tried to paint himself as an opponent of big government, while Sink defended Obamacare.

As for the medical marijuana debate, Sink said she supports limited use of marijuana for medical purposes, while Jolly opposes the initiative.

CNN's Ashley Killough, Deirdre Walsh and Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report.


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soundoff (21 Responses)
  1. Warren

    LOL there is a shocker.. Bush endorses Jolly, this is not news.

    February 4, 2014 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  2. S.B. Stein

    It would a shock if Bush entered the race himself. I don't think that would happen; his mother would discourage it. This is nothing more than supporting a fellow party memember.

    February 4, 2014 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  3. Rudy NYC

    How conservative of the American Action Network. Blame lost Florida jobs on the CFO, instead of the Wall Street collapse.

    February 4, 2014 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  4. Gurgyl

    CNN, do us a favor–don't bring any Bushes. Please. Nation is sick and tired of these GOP thugs. Enough. Just this nation is recuperating from monster mess, wars etc. I think we need to raise living wage to 12/.

    February 4, 2014 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  5. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Where's Our $24 Billion?

    As for the medical marijuana debate, Sink said she supports limited use of marijuana for medical purposes, while Jolly opposes the initiative.
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    Losing issue for you Mr. Jolly. All of those seniors with glaucoma in your state can benefit from medical marijuana. And as far as "Obamacare" goes, running against it in a state predominately populated by seniors on medicare and prescriptions, I don't think those seniors want to go back to the days of the donut loophole for their drugs.

    February 4, 2014 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  6. Malory Archer

    Thanks but no thanks. The thirteenth district doesn't need a professional lobbyist fronting for us. He also worked for the late congressman he wishes to replace. Considering the dirt that fell out of the closet when he died, jolly's association with the late congressman should be more than enough to keep him out of the House.

    February 4, 2014 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  7. Malory Archer

    Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Where's Our $24 Billion?

    As for the medical marijuana debate, Sink said she supports limited use of marijuana for medical purposes, while Jolly opposes the initiative.
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    Losing issue for you Mr. Jolly. All of those seniors with glaucoma in your state can benefit from medical marijuana. And as far as "Obamacare" goes, running against it in a state predominately populated by seniors on medicare and prescriptions, I don't think those seniors want to go back to the days of the donut loophole for their drugs.

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    It sure is a losing issue! The Cannabis College (for cannabis knowledge) in Tampa opens today!

    February 4, 2014 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  8. Thomas

    Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush endorsed the Republican in a 30-second spot released Tuesday by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

    This tells me two thing's .

    1. GOP nominee, David Jolly could care less about the environment and clean water .

    2. Jeb Bush is RUNNING for PRESIDENT !

    February 4, 2014 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  9. Marie MD

    Well, jolly good of him. Who cares?
    Poor jeb he was left out when he had a chance and now he's just a mouthpiece.
    He might be running in 2016 but he won't make it through the crazy primaries.

    February 4, 2014 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  10. Thomas

    @Donna
    Why is it that the only people the Democrat Party can scrape up to run are people that think the governent should be in the business of giving things away that they take from others? What has this woman actually accomplished in her life? What knwledge and experience does she offer? What has she created? What has she lead or built? Nothing. She is part of the Entitlement Generation brought up to think everybody is owed a tropy for showing up. And now she is here to collect the trophy sh ebelieves she is owned. She is a very bad example to hold out for other women.

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    Don , your last sentence ," She is a very bad example to hold out for other women ".

    Makes it very apparent your a guy posting as a woman .

    February 4, 2014 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  11. smith

    Sink and Jolly should be in favor of legalizing pot. If we legalize pot we can tax the heck out of growers, users, and sellers. We need to put pot and potheads to use. Taxes could go to education and public service.

    February 4, 2014 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  12. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    Jeb could have been elected president at one point. However, the disaster that is his Brother George destroyed whatever chance he had.

    February 4, 2014 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  13. Sniffit

    And today on "news CNN doesn't want you to know about", CBO just reported that the deficit is again hitting it's lowest level since Bush's last budget and the GOP/Teatroll plan to kill the risk corridors in the ACA will cost America $8B. Please enjoy these inconvenient facts CNN doesn't want you aware of.

    February 4, 2014 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  14. Silence DoGood

    @Donna "What has this woman actually accomplished in her life?"
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    Calling out misogyny and making conservatives froth at the mouth is pretty darned good. Let's see what she does next!

    February 4, 2014 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  15. uncommon sense

    Just saying, try saying it slowly, madam president, kinda makes ya all warm and fuzzy inside don't it?

    February 4, 2014 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  16. Rudy NYC

    @Donna "What has this woman actually accomplished in her life?"
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    Her brief experiences with conservatives played a major role in Pres. Obama's 2012 re-election.

    February 4, 2014 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  17. tom l

    @Thomas and Silence,

    So Donna is a woman and with regards to Thomas saying "Makes it very apparent your a guy posting as a woman" if you're going to throw out a baseless and ridiculous accusation to try and discredit her at least use proper grammar.

    February 4, 2014 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  18. Kinard

    Every time a picture of Bush. is published do you have to use the above picture. The smirk on this mans face makes many of us sick. The last time anyone looked at another person like this it was thought upon as a gesture of menace or hate. He just looks like he's begging to be smacked down in the nearest bar fight. If he did this outside in public he'd be thought of as asking for it.

    February 4, 2014 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  19. Rudy NYC

    "So Donna is a woman and with regards to Thomas saying "Makes it very apparent your a guy posting as a woman" if you're going to throw out a baseless and ridiculous accusation to try and discredit her at least use proper grammar."
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    Remember that the next time one of you say "Democrat Party." You sound like "Biff" from "Back to the Future" when you do it.

    February 4, 2014 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  20. uncommon sense

    Something about that smirk makes me want to choke him. What an evil family, really evil . You didn't mind sending your kids to die in the desert did you, he had to do something for that money: I love the brain dead idiots who say the dems voted for it too, blame them, or George was lied to, really? W and Cheney falsified the intel reports when they didn't say what they wanted, how unbelievably ignorant some are. He was going to send your kids to die no matter what, and bragged about being the richest president to leave office. One minute into a Google search and any thought of voting for a! bush will be quickly cured.

    February 4, 2014 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  21. CryBabies

    Very Uncommon sense. How about common, overly biased irrationality?

    February 4, 2014 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |