Former foes Jolly, Murphy take show on the road

 Former Florida congressmen David Jolly, a Republican, and  Democrat Patrick Murphy — political rivals who also faced off in a race for U.S. Senate — have teamed up for a roadshow.

The pair are bringing their “Why Gridlock Rules Washington” talks to college campuses in the Sunshine State, and hold another edition at Georgetown University in D.C. on Oct. 16.

Here’s the deets from a press release:

On Monday, October 16th, the two will hold a town hall at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.  The event will be moderated by USA Today commentary editor and columnist Jill Lawrence.

A town hall at the University of Central Florida in Orlando on Tuesday, October 17th has also been added to the tour.  While the University of South Florida town hall, which was postponed due to Hurricane Maria, has been rescheduled for Thursday, October 12th.

“This is a worthwhile effort to educate Floridians and build broader support for reforms that would encourage more bipartisanship and consensus-building to tackle the nation’s most pressing challenges,” recently wrote the Tampa Bay Times Editorial Board about the town hall tour.

Jolly and Murphy say they are trying to pull back the curtain on Washington and shine a light on the inside reasons why D.C. is in a state of chaos and dysfunction.

Additional stops are scheduled for Florida International University on October 4th, the University of Miami on October 18th and the University of Florida in Gainesville on October 25th.

During their years in Congress, Murphy, a Democrat, represented a Republican-leaning district in South Florida, while Jolly, a Republican, represented a Democrat-leaning district on Florida’s Gulf Coast.

Jolly and Murphy found ways to work together on seemingly intractable issues of responsible debt reduction, climate change and the environment, public safety, federal firearm policies, and campaign finance reform.  For nearly a year, the two also faced off as opponents in a U.S. Senate race with Jolly and Murphy both seeking their party’s respective nomination.