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Former Florida Congressman Exploring Phony Bipartisan Campaign

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Former Florida Congressman Exploring Phony Bipartisan Campaign

Former Florida Congressman Exploring Phony Bipartisan Campaign
May 23
14:01 2018

The headline in the Tampa Bay Times declared that “Patrick Murphy, David Jolly build momentum in first national TV appearance as a pair.” And to what is this supposed momentum leading?

The newspaper report was based on joint appearances by Florida’s former Democrat Congressman Patrick Murphy and former Republican Congressman David Jolly on a series of MSNBC interviews. The television appearances by Murphy and Jolly were exploratory in nature since the duo say that they have not yet decided whether to run for Florida Governor and Lt. Governor on a bipartisan ticket. The scheme is to have Murphy win the Democratic primary and then name Jolly as his running mate. They hope to appeal to those who are unhappy with both parties.

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Unfortunately, this matchup is not nearly as bipartisan as Murphy and Jolly would like us to believe since they would ultimately be running on the Democrat ticket. If they were to be successful – which is extremely unlikely – the Democrat Murphy would be implementing policy as Governor and erstwhile Republican Jolly would be making paper airplanes in the serenity of the Lt. Governor’s office.

Of course, that does not make a lot of difference since Jolly has already crossed over to the left bank of the philosophic and political spectrum. His frequent appearances on MSNBC have revealed him to be yet another false flag conservative Republican despite his claims to the contrary.

In each of his pandering appearances on left-leaning media, Jolly parrots the #NeverTrump resistance movement narratives. He follows in the footsteps of that more famous Florida false flagger, former Republican Congressman Joe Scarborough – on whose Morning Joe show Jolly is a regular guest. Ironically, Jolly lost his congressional seat to yet another partisan flip-flopper, former Republican Governor Charlie Crist, who switched parties after losing a primary race for United States Senate.

It appears that Murphy’s and Jolly’s political maneuvering is driven less by public service and more by ego – the same human foible that had Jolly trading off his previous political principles for regular appearances on the #NeverTrump media.

Murphy lost his congressional seat during the 2010 Republican takeover of the U.S. House of Representatives. During his tenure in the House, he established a very liberal record by being a dependable vote for the hard-core House leadership of then-Speaker Nancy Pelosi. While Jolly touts the new partnership as bipartisan, he also exhibits great simpatico with Murphy’s liberal views. It is Jolly who is the chameleon in the proposed match up.

What really comes across in their joint appearances is a couple of opportunists looking for a personal pathway back to prominence without regard to party or philosophic loyalty. If they are smart, they will abandon this foredoomed nonsense – but ego has a tendency to trump common sense, especially for ambitious politicians. But as long as they are willing to spew anti-Trump, anti-Republican rhetoric, they will be more than welcomed on the left-leaning media – and maybe that is what it is all about.

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Larry Horist

Larry Horist

Larry Horist is a conservative activist with an extensive background in economics, public policy and politics. Clients of his consulting firm have included such conservative icons as Steve Forbes and Milton Friedman, as well as the White House. He has testified as an expert witness before legislative bodies, including the U. S. Congress, and lectured at major colleges and universities. An award-winning debater, his insightful and sometimes controversial commentaries appear frequently on the editorial pages of newspapers across the nation. He can be reached at lph@thomasandjoyce.com.

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  1. Tj
    Tj May 24, 13:09

    Your commentary is closed minded and unnecessarily pessimistic. Get off the “trump train” as it’s about to come off it’s tracks.

    Reply to this comment
  2. muggsye
    muggsye May 24, 19:13

    U are a definite certified AH

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