Alex Sink Vows Bipartisanship Even as DCCC Backs Her
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Former state CFO Alex Sink signed a pledge to put “Pinellas over politics,” even as the Democratic candidate in a special congressional election continues to rely on outside and partisan groups for support.
Sink, the Democratic gubernatorial candidate in 2010 and the widow of 2002 Democratic gubernatorial candidate Bill McBride, insisted she was more focused on Pinellas County than politics. After the death of U.S. Rep. Bill Young, R-Fla., Sink moved to the district from Hillsborough County.
Sink signed the following pledge on Thursday: “I, Alex Sink, pledge to put Pinellas over politics. The dysfunction and infighting in Washington has gone on long enough and the gridlock is hurting too many Americans. We should focus on challenges that matter most to Pinellas: growing our economy, protecting seniors and veterans, and stopping the flood insurance spike. That’s why I pledge to work to bring Democrats and Republicans together to get things done. These are the bipartisan, results-oriented values I’ve practiced all my life, and it’s these values I will fight for when I’m elected.”
But even as Sink vowed to put the county she has called home for the last couple of months above politics, her campaign is getting help from the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) and outside groups. The DCCC released a memo on Wednesday attacking attorney David Jolly, the former Young aide who is the Republican nominee in the race, on a host of fronts, looking to link him to the Koch brothers and the tea party. Other liberal outside groups, including Democratic super-PAC House Majority PAC and Emily’s List, are also supporting Sink over Jolly.
As Sink stressed her independence and desire to put Pinellas County first, the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) went on the attack, hitting the Democrat’s record in Tallahassee. The NRCC launched a new Web video which bashes Sink for using a taxpayer-funded plane for personal and political reasons.
“Alex Sink owes the families of Pinellas an explanation on why she wasted their taxpayer dollars as CFO of the state,” said Katie Prill, a spokeswoman for the NRCC, on Thursday. “It’s troubling that Alex Sink spent over $400,000 of Florida families’ money to jet around in a taxpayer-funded plane – even using it for personal use and for political campaign events. Now Sink is trying to hide her shameful record in Florida so she can join Nancy Pelosi in Congress.”
As the candidates jostled for position, a poll released on Thursday shows Jolly with a small lead over Sink. St. Pete Polls took a poll of likely voters for Saint PetersBlog which shows Jolly taking 47 percent, Sink at 43 percent, Libertarian Lucas Overby with 4 percent and 6 percent undecided.
For the moment, both candidates are above water. Sink is better known from her time as state CFO and from being the Democratic gubernatorial nominee back in 2010, with 48 percent seeing her as favorable and 43 percent as unfavorable. Jolly is less known with 46 percent seeing him as favorable and 35 percent viewing him as unfavorable.
The poll of 1,278 likely voters was taken on Jan. 15 and had a margin of error of +/- 2.7 percent.
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