Watch Here: Crist Vs. Jolly Debate Night In St. Pete

Big night for Crist and Jolly

By; Jim Williams – Columnist News Talk Florida

ST. PETERSBURG – It is debate night in St. Petersburg and front and center will be two very seasoned candidates as former Gov. Charlie Crist and U.S. Rep. David Jolly will square off at the sold-out beautifully renovated Palladium Theater in downtown. The debate will be streamed live at 7 p.m. on WATCH HERE WTSP TV NEWS 10 and not only will Bay Area voters be watching but this is a key race for Congress nationally.

For Crist it is his latest race since changing his party affiliation to Democrat and he challenging his old foe Congressman Jolly in a redrawn district that includes his hometown of St. Petersburg, following a redistricting process. The move was widely seen as eroding advantages of incumbents and possibly allowing Democrats to gain a few seats.

The new and improved Crist is now the opening act throughout Florida for presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. At this point with just fifty days away from the election it looks like Crist is the big favorite to unseat Jolly in the race.

Jolly, the incumbent, originally wasn’t going to seek re-election in the redrawn district, opting instead to run for the U.S. Senate. His bid ended once Sen. Marco Rubio, initially running for president, decided in June to seek re-election to the Senate.

The debate is likely to be quite interesting and it will be moderated by the Tampa Bay Times political editor Adam C. Smith and 10News reporter Mark Rivera. Both men promise that they will keep things moving.

Look for the names of both Hillary Clinton and Donald trump to come up early and often. Look for Clinton to get plenty of props from Crist and it depends at this time just how much Jolly will defend Trump in this new pro Democratic party foothold.

Jim Williams is the Washington Bureau Chief, Digital Director as well as the Director of Special Projects for Genesis Communications. He is starting his third year as part of the team. This is Williams 40th year in the media business, and in that time he has served in a number of capacities. He is a seven time Emmy Award winning television producer, director, writer and executive. He has developed four regional sports networks, directed over 2,000 live sporting events including basketball, football, baseball hockey, soccer and even polo to name a few sports. Major events include three Olympic Games, two World Cups, two World Series, six NBA Playoffs, four Stanley Cup Playoffs, four NCAA Men’s National Basketball Championship Tournaments (March Madness), two Super Bowl and over a dozen college bowl games. On the entertainment side Williams was involved s and directed over 500 concerts for Showtime, Pay Per View and MTV Networks.