A former U.S. Rep. from the Tampa Bay area has joined a major news network as a political contributor.
Public Relations for MSCNB tweeted Wednesday to introduce David Jolly as the news political contributor for NBC News and MSNBC. Jolly debuted at 11 p.m. Wednesday on “The 11th Hour” with Brian Williams.
“I’ve learned much from the MSNBC viewer community these past two years,” Jolly tweeted after the announcement. “Grateful tonight to be working with the incredibly engaged, passionate, and thoughtful coalition of viewers, journalists, and team members at @MSNBC & @NBCNews.”
I’ve learned much from the MSNBC viewer community these past two years. Grateful tonight to be working with the incredibly engaged, passionate, and thoughtful coalition of viewers, journalists, and team members at @MSNBC & @NBCNews.
Joining @11thHour later. Consider tuning in. https://t.co/H1nBRVyBHv— David Jolly (@DavidJollyFL) March 14, 2019
Jolly served as a Republican Congressman in the U.S. House from 2014 to 2017. He was first elected in the Democratic-leaning 13th district during a special election and was later unseated by Rep. Charlie Crist.
Despite being a Republican, Jolly was been recognized as a lawmaker for his bipartisan approach. Since the 2016 election, he has been a vocal critic of President Donald Trump.
In a sit-down interview with News Channel 8 back in April 2017, Jolly spoke about his position.
“Look, very importantly, I’m not a never Trumper. I recognize him as the President of the United States and I’d like to see him succeed. We are a stronger nation when we are successful,” he said at the time. “(But) this has been a poor 75 days that has led us to an unpopular president with credibility problems.”
In his debut appearance on “11th Hour” on Wednesday, Jolly renewed that criticism and discussed the latest headlines around the presidency, likening them to what you would see “within a crime ring.”
Discussing just today’s headlines around this presidency, @DavidJollyFL likens it all to the behavior you’d see “within a crime ring, a crime syndicate, a crime family.”
Learn more: https://t.co/7OGY1S1r8U pic.twitter.com/R1ys2peMN6— 11th Hour (@11thHour) March 14, 2019
Though he is just officially joining the team at NBC News and MSNBC, he has made regular appearances on “11th Hour” as well as other political shows like “Hardball with Chris Matthews,” “CNN Tonight with Don Lemon” and “The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell.” He has also published pieces in The Washington Post, the Washington Times, Time and other publications.