By Brandon Larrabee
David Jolly’s bid for Congress will feature some names familiar to Florida politicos, according to an announcement from the campaign for a Pinellas County seat in the U.S. House.
Heading up Jolly’s run in the special election will be Nick Catroppo, who worked for U.S. Rep. Richard Nugent and on Bill McCollum’s 2010 gubernatorial campaign. Among those in consulting or communications roles for Jolly: Marc Reichelderfer, Adam Goodman, Pat Bainter and Sarah Bascom — along with the rest of her crew at Bascom Communications & Consulting LLC. (Bascom is a cousin of Jolly’s, so her support is not all that surprising.)
“Every talented and hardworking individual on this team represents a unique advantage in this race, but collectively, they are an undeniable force to be reckoned with. I am happy today to call them my colleagues and friends in this race for Pinellas County,” Jolly said in a press release.
The group has its work cut out for them: Jolly faces a primary against state Rep. Kathleen Peters, R-South Pasadena, and Mark Bircher, a lawyer in Seminole, followed by a general election against former Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink, the only Democratic in the race. Libertarian Lucas Overby and write-in candidate Michael Levinson have also qualified.
The primary is set for Jan. 14, with a general election on March 11.
The full list and bios sent out by the campaign is after the jump.