By JAVIER MANJARRES
A political catfight has broken out between Republican congressional candidates Kathleen Peters and David Jolly, who are both vying for the GOP nomination in the upcoming January special election for Florida’s 13th congressional district.
Jolly put out a press release calling out Peters a liar for saying that he represented a firm that benefited (profited) from the failing Obamacare law. Jolly, who was a D.C. lobbyist, as well as former Congressman Bill Young’s legal counsel, was expecting to be dinged on the fact that he was a lobbyist.
Jolly called Peters’ claims “categorically false” and “nothing more than a desperate attempt by Ms. Peters to dodge her position against an immediate repeal of Obamacare.”
Peters claim could be perceived as credible, considering that Jolly did lobby for the company, Faneuil, Inc, who landed a multi-million dollar contract to help residents in Washington State enroll in state level health insurance exchanges.
Hampton-headquartered Faneuil Inc. landed a $11.7 million contract in March to renovate a building and open and operate a call center in Spokane, Wash., to help residents enroll in insurance plans on the state health exchange, said CEO Anna Van Buren. -Daily Press
Jolly does admit to working for Faneuil, Inc., but denies having worked on anything related to Obamacare.
Jolly’s claim that Peters’ is simply trying to “dodge her position against an immediate repeal of Obamacare” could have some merit, as Peters has caught flak for not supporting a full and immediate repeal of Obamacare, unless there was another plan already positioned to replace it.
On Wednesday, former Congressman Allen West endorsed the other Republican in the race, retired General Mark Bircher, and called out Jolly as a lobbyist, and Peters’ as pro-choice Republican.
Peters is also expected to catch more grief from conservatives for her support of the controversial Common Core educational standards.