WASHINGTON (AP) — Florida Rep. David Jolly promises not to ask for money.
The Republican in one of the year’s most competitive, and expensive, Senate races says that as of this month he personally has sworn off fundraising. He’s leaving that duty to his professional campaign fundraisers, vowing not to spend a single second of his own time wooing donors.
The unusual proclamation is born out of frustration, he says. For two years, he has seen firsthand how the chore of buck-raking has overtaken the business of legislating.
In effect, Jolly is adopting the playbook of popular presidential candidates Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders, hoping to tap voter anger about money in politics even if it means handicapping his own fundraising potential.