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. 


Jolly, who represented Florida's 13th Congressional District as a Republican from 2014 to 2017, has repeatedly criticized President TrumpDonald John TrumpForget the spin: Five unrefuted Mueller Report revelations Lara Trump: Merkel admitting migrants 'one of the worst things that ever happened to Germany' Financial satisfaction hits record high: survey 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 KavanaughThe Hill's Morning Report - Trump tells House investigators 'no' Kudlow downplays Moore's past comments on women: He's 'a wiseass kind of guy' On The Money: Fed pick Moore says he will drop out if he becomes a 'political problem' | Trump vows to fight 'all the subpoenas' | Deutsche Bank reportedly turning Trump records over to NY officials | Average tax refund down 2 percent MORE

Sen. Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiOn The Money: Cain withdraws from Fed consideration | Says he didn't want 'pay cut' | Trump sues to block subpoena for financial records | Dems plot next move in Trump tax-return battle Cain withdraws from Fed consideration Cain says he 'won't run away from criticism' in push for Fed seat 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 CristLive coverage: Barr faces House panel amid questions over Mueller report FBI director says he hasn't read the Mueller report House GOP secures last-minute change to gun bill 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.