Ex-Florida lawmaker leaves Republican Party

Ex-Florida lawmaker leaves Republican Party
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Former Rep. David Jolly (Fla.) has left the Republican Party.

The Tampa Bay Times reported on Monday that Jolly re-registered under no party affiliation with his wife a few weeks ago and that his intent was to reject partisanship in politics. 

"It's also just a personal rejection of partisanship. It's a very comfortable place for us to be," Jolly told the newspaper of his decision. 

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Jolly, who represented Florida's 13th Congressional District as a Republican from 2014 to 2017, has repeatedly criticized President TrumpDonald John TrumpFormer Joint Chiefs chairman: 'The last thing in the world we need right now is a war with Iran' Pence: 'We're not convinced' downing of drone was 'authorized at the highest levels' Trump: Bolton would take on the whole world at one time MORE and the Republican Party this year. In February, he stated on CNN that American voters must help the Democrats earn a majority in the House if they want lawmakers to address gun control. 

“Republicans will never do anything on gun control,” he said. 

He also said earlier this month that there was no “moderate wing” of the Republican Party after almost every GOP senator voted to confirm Supreme Court Justice Brett KavanaughBrett Michael KavanaughTrump denies new sexual assault allegation Supreme Court sides with immigrant in gun possession case Conservative Supreme Court justices reverse precedent on property rights cases MORE

Sen. Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiGOP lawmakers want Mulvaney sidelined in budget talks Overnight Defense: Officials brief Congress after Iran shoots down drone | Lawmakers fear 'grave situation' | Trump warns Iran | Senate votes to block Saudi arms sales | Bombshell confession at Navy SEAL's murder trial The 7 GOP senators who voted to block all or part of Trump's Saudi arms sale MORE (Alaska) was the only Republican senator to oppose Kavanaugh.  

Jolly left office in January 2017 after losing a reelection bid to Rep. Charlie CristCharles (Charlie) Joseph CristWhite House: Pelosi calling Barr a liar 'beneath her office' Timeline: Barr, Mueller and the Trump probe Justice Department slams Pelosi for 'baseless attack' against Barr MORE (D-Fla.). The Times noted that changing his party affiliation would likely make it easier for Jolly to campaign in his old congressional district. 

"I anticipate at some point in the future my name will be on the ballot, but I don't know when that is or what office," Jolly added to the newspaper.