David Jolly, Patrick Murphy Take Town Hall Effort to the National Airwaves

Jolly and Murphy have plenty to say and now have a national platform


Two former congressmen from Florida–Republican David Jolly and Democrat Patrick Murphy–are taking their “Why Gridlock Rules Washington and How We Can Solve the Crisis” town hall events to the national level next month.

Jolly and Murphy announced on Tuesday that they will take their event to the national airwaves in September, appearing on SiriusXM POTUS Ch. 124. Tim Farley from SiriusXM will host the event.

“Even in times of great disagreement, we can find common ground to solve the issues facing our country,” Murphy said.  “The response from these town halls suggests there’s a tremendous appetite for bipartisan leadership and I’m happy to help advance this discussion with my former colleague Congressman Jolly.”

“I truly enjoy hosting programs where we do our best to untangle the knot of Washington tug-of-war politics. This will be one of those programs,” Farley said on Tuesday.

The town hall will be recorded in Washington, D.C. and is scheduled to be run on  September 21st at 2 p.m. ET, September 22nd at 6 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET and on September 23rd at 10 p.m. So far, Jolly and Murphy have hosted more than 20 events across the nation since kicking off their town halls a year ago.

Both Jolly and Murphy were involved in the 2016 U.S. Senate race. Jolly ran for the Republican nomination until U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., who had said he would not run for a second term, jumped back in at the last minute. Murphy won the Democratic nomination, beating then U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson in the primary, but lost to Rubio in the general election.

In Congress, Jolly and Murphy worked together, including helping launch the Coastal Communities Caucus in early 2015. Both men represented swing districts and tried to claim the political center during their time in Washington.

Earlier this year, Murphy opened the door to running for governor and event floated the idea of Jolly as his running mate. However, Murphy decided to stay out of the race and back former U.S. Rep. Gwen Graham, D-Fla., in next week’s primary.

Jolly also decided not to seek a political comeback this year, opting out of seeking a rematch against U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist, D-Fla., who narrowly beat him in 2016.

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