Two GOP candidates go on attack in Florida's 13th congressional district

Kathleen Peters, left, and David Jolly will go before Republican primary voters on Jan. 14.
Kathleen Peters, left, and David Jolly will go before Republican primary voters on Jan. 14.

The 13th U.S. Congressional District race is heating up ahead of the Jan. 14 Republican primary, with front-running candidates David Jolly and state Rep. Kathleen Peters taking swipes at each other in dueling mailings. PolitiFact Florida decided to fact-check a claim from each side to see if the statements in the mailers were accurate.

In a flier attacking Peters, Jolly's campaign shows a photo collage of Peters with Democratic challenger Alex Sink and President Barack Obama, with the words, "It's Pinellas County's worst nightmare! … Keeping Obamacare!"

The mailing quotes Peters saying, "I do not think we should take a stand and say absolutely repeal it." We looked into that and rated the claim Mostly False.

Peters' campaign sent its own attack flier to voters, this one looking at Jolly's work as a Washington lobbyist: "Since 2007, David Jolly has given almost $30,000 to keep Democrats in Congress! … (But not a dime to Congressman Bill Young)." On this one, we rated the claim Mostly True.

Read the individual fact-checks for details.

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