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 TrumpTrump passes Pence a dangerous buck Overnight Health Care — Presented by American Health Care Association — Trump taps Pence to lead coronavirus response | Trump accuses Pelosi of trying to create panic | CDC confirms case of 'unknown' origin | Schumer wants .5 billion in emergency funds Trump nods at reputation as germaphobe during coronavirus briefing: 'I try to bail out as much as possible' after sneezes 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 Kavanaugh70 former senators propose bipartisan caucus for incumbents Justices bar Mexican parents from suing over fatal cross-border shooting of teen Supreme Court upholds death sentence for Arizona man MORE

Sen. Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiThe Hill's Morning Report - Sanders takes incoming during intense SC debate Overnight Health Care — Presented by American Health Care Association — Lawmakers raise alarms over Trump coronavirus response | Top official warns virus appears inevitable in US | Democrats block two Senate abortion bills Overnight Energy: Critics pile on Trump plan to roll back major environmental law | Pick for Interior No. 2 official confirmed | JPMorgan Chase to stop loans for fossil fuel drilling in the Arctic 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 CristDemocrats gear up for State of the Union protests as impeachment lingers The most expensive congressional races of the last decade The biggest political upsets of the decade 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.