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 TrumpDeWine tests negative for coronavirus a second time Several GOP lawmakers express concern over Trump executive orders Beirut aftermath poses test for US aid to frustrating ally 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 KavanaughMcConnell has 17-point lead over Democratic challenger McGrath: poll Davis: My recommendation for vice president on Biden ticket Kavanaugh urged Supreme Court to avoid decisions on Trump finances, abortion: report MORE

Sen. Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiOn The Money: Pessimism grows as coronavirus talks go down to the wire | Jobs report poised to light fire under COVID-19 talks | Tax preparers warn unemployment recipients could owe IRS Pessimism grows as coronavirus talks go down to the wire Hillicon Valley: Facebook removes Trump post | TikTok gets competitor | Lawmakers raise grid safety concerns 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 CristThe feds should not spend taxpayer dollars in states that have legalized weed GOP sees groundswell of women running in House races The Hill's Campaign Report: Biden's Tampa rally hits digital snags 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.