Alex Sink Ready for GOP Attacks as NRCC Pours it On
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With PolitiFact listing President Barack Obama’s claim “If you like your health-care plan, you can keep it” as “Lie of the Year,” the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) is going after former state CFO Alex Sink, the Democratic candidate in the special election for the congressional seat left open by the death of U.S. Rep. Bill Young, R-Fla.
The NRCC looked to link Sink to Obama’s federal health-care law on Friday.
Sink insisted on Thursday she was ready for attacks against her. Noting Republicans have been taking aim at her, Sink claimed she had a strong enough team to withstand these attacks.
"Look, I know how this game works, and I’m not worried because our grassroots team is working to let voters know the truth," Sink insisted. “I am running for Congress because I am fed up with the gridlock, the infighting, and the failure to focus on the issues that matter most. In Congress, I'll work with both sides of the aisle to get things done by creating jobs and economic development opportunities for Pinellas families.”
Sink maintained her time in state office and her family background would help her in Congress.
“As Florida's chief financial officer, I worked with leaders from both sides of the aisle to cut bureaucracy, save millions of dollars for the taxpayers, and make government do more with less," Sink insisted. “I have real-life experience of working with Republicans and Democrats to get things done. As the wife and daughter of Marines, I have worked to ensure that veterans and their families get the benefits they deserve and will support programs to get returning veterans back to work after their service.
“The closer we get to Election Day, the more attacks we’re going to see,” Sink added. “What’s important is that we stay on offense. We need to keep our heads down, stay focused, and get out the facts to voters.”
Three Republicans -- retired Marine Gen. Mark Bircher, former Young aide and attorney David Jolly, and state Rep. Kathleen Peters, R-St. Petersburg -- are battling in the Jan. 14 primary. The winner will take on Sink and Libertarian candidate Lucas Overby in the March 11 general election.
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