Republican primary turns even nastier over Affordable Care Act

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St. Petersburg, FL -- In a race that's already turned nasty, state Rep. Kathleen Peters is claiming one of her Republican opponents in the Congressional District 13 race once lobbied for the Affordable Care Act.

"David Jolly claims that he opposes Obamacare but that didn't stop him from lobbying for government run health care just last year when he made over $80,000 from special interests," Peters told reporters on Thursday.

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Peters claims Jolly lobbied for ACA when he did work for Faneuil Inc in 2012.

But a Jolly spokesperson quickly called the claim "categorically false" and said Peters should admit she's wrong.

"This is categorically false, and is nothing more than a desperate attempt by Ms. Peters to dodge her position against an immediate repeal of Obamacare," Jolly campaign Spokesperson Sarah Bascom said in a written statement.

"David Jolly worked for this company in 2011 and 2012 to advocate for transportation interests in Florida. He was not registered to work for the company in 2013 and had no affiliation, connection or knowledge of whatever their goals or objectives were after that point - let alone in the State of Washington.  A statement that their CEO will attest to."

"Ms. Peters should acknowledge that she is wrong.  David Jolly has never supported or lobbied on behalf of Obamacare and is actively calling for the immediate repeal of Obamacare."

When asked for proof to substantiate her claim, Peters provided reporters with a packet of Jolly's lobbyist registration and compensation reports filed with the state. But the paperwork does not show anything other than Jolly did work for Faneuil in 2012.

In a statement released later in the day, the Vice President of Business Services and General Counsel for Faneuil Alden Eldredge said; "David Jolly and his firm did not lobby on Faneuil's behalf for any issues relating to the Affordable Care Act."

Peters on Thursday also called on Jolly to return all of the money he earned while working for Faneuil.

"Even for a Washington insider it takes a special kind of dishonesty to publicly oppose Obamacare while personally profiting from it," she said.

Republicans Peters, Jolly and Mark Bircher will face each other in the January 14th Republican primary.

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The winner with face Democrat Alex Sink and Libertarian Lucas Overby in the March 11th General Election.

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