- The Washington Times - Friday, March 14, 2014

Rep. David Jolly, Florida Republican, said Friday he’s ready to work across the aisle in Washington after narrowly winning a special election for Rep. Bill Young’s seat earlier this week.

“[Mr. Young] was a man of civility and his spirit is in that chamber,” he said on MSNBC. “It is how I learned to do this job, so I would never say we shouldn’t work together.”

He said that he is ready to find areas of agreement and work with Democrats without compromising his core convictions.

Mr. Jolly also responded to criticism that he ran a campaign solely on repealing Obamacare, saying that’s just the way it was perceived by Washington insiders.

“We had a local race and it’s easy to think, either inside the Beltway or based on 30-second commercials, that it’s just a repeal strategy,” he said. “I had the opportunity over five months to talk about specific solutions; we can’t just be the party of no, so I laid out three or four alternatives.”

At his victory party, Mr. Jolly was introduced via video by Bob Barker, who told the representative-elect to “come on down.” Mr. Jolly said that the celebrity introduction was a surprise to him put together by his staff.