David Jolly announces endorsement from former Florida Adjutant General
David Jolly, Republican candidate in Florida’s 13th Congressional District, announced an important military endorsement from former Florida Adjutant General Major General Douglas Burnett (Ret.)
Jolly a fifth-generation Floridian, was General Counsel to U.S. Rep. C.W. Bill Young, who represented Pinellas County in the House since 1971, before passing away on October 18, 2013. Young was the longtime chair of the House Appropriations Committee, which controlled $500 billion in defense spending annually.
“David Jolly is the only person in this race qualified to carry on the legacy of Congressman Young,” Burnett said in a statement released today.
Jolly “not only understands critical issues of national security, but also understands what it means to care for our men and women in uniform, ensuring they have the equipment and technology to do their job and that they and their loved ones have the care and support they need here at home,” Burnett added.
“I could not be more proud and humbled today to receive the support of Major General Burnett, a man who has dedicated his life to serving our country and has helped lead our state’s military forces in the past,” Jolly responded. “I look forward to continuing Congressman Bill Young’s good work on behalf of Pinellas County and on behalf of our veterans.
Burnett served as Adjutant General for more than eight years, as well as the commander of the Florida National Guard, putting him in charge of more than 12,000 military personnel. He also directed the Florida Department of Military Affairs.
In supporting Jolly, Burnett joins a rapidly growing list of local and regional leaders, including:
- Former U.S. Ambassador Mel Sembler
- Gordon England, former U.S. Deputy Secretary of Defense and Secretary of the Navy
- U.S. Representative Richard Nugent from Spring Hill
- State Rep. Larry Ahern
- Former St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Baker,
- Nancy Bostock, former Pinellas County Commissioner and School Board Member
- Former State Sen. and Dunedin Mayor Jerry Rehm
- Seminole Mayor Leslie Waters
- Former Pinellas Park Mayor Bill Mischler
- Pinellas County Business executives Bill Hough, Jim MacDougald and Jim Holton
Jolly, listed as one of the “40 Under 40” in the July 2009 Gulf Coast Business Review, currently serves as vice president of the specialty investment and private equity firm Boston Finance Group in Clearwater, as well as Chief Executive Office of Olympus Foundation Management, a professional services company.
The Indian Shores resident is also pro-bono advisor for “Support Jessie’s Law,” a non-profit group supporting law enforcement to track and apprehend child predators.
The CD13 special primary election is set for January 14, 2014, with the special general election on March 11.