Whenever a member of the U.S. House of Representatives calls out his respective political party for how much time its members spend on fundraising, let alone files legislation to make it illegal for his colleagues to ask voters for money, expect that member to receive a very cold shoulder from his friends and party leaders.
This is exactly what happened to Florida Congressman David Jolly (R) for introducing his not-so-popular STOP Act, aimed at stopping members of Congress from asking for asking constituents and supporters for campaign cash.
Americans wonder why we haven’t defeated ISIS, secured our border, provided health care for veterans, or balanced our budget. Here’s why. Too many people in Washington are more focused on raising money than doing the job you elected them to do.
That’s why, as a Member of Congress, I’ve introduced legislation called the “Stop Act” to make it illegal for congressmen to ask you for money.
Look, Washington has been shaking down the American people for too long. Sign my Stop Act petition and we’ll get Congress back to work.-Rep. David Jolly
Rep. Jolly’s Act garnered him praised from groups like Issue One, but it also blackballed him from receiving much needed campaign dollars from groups dependent on members of Congress raising money for them.
Both political party headquarters in Washington, D.C. have rooms set aside for their members of Congress to come make campaign, or unofficial business calls to donors and supporters on their “free time.”
The Republican Party HQ ’s “call room” with about 4 cubicles is situated just inside the door leading to the elevators.
At any given time, Republican members from around the country can be seen sitting down with their cell phone in one hand, and a call list in the other.
Because the congressional district he represents use to slightly lean Republican but now leans Democrat, Jolly has taken a more moderate route in Congress when it comes to voting.
Jolly’s STOP Act is legislation aimed specifically to help him look more like a middle of the road Republicrat,rather than a full-throated Conservative Republican.
He had no other choice, and because of his legislation, the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC), has not shown Jolly the usual love he has received in the past, or is offering other members in hotly contested races.
Jolly is locked in an extremely close congressional race with former Republican-turned-Independent-turned-Democrat Charlie Crist, and needs to be able to garner as many Independent, and some Democrat, votes as possible.
The latest poll has Crist up by three points, but that is within the margin of error.
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