Alex Sink Ready for GOP Attacks as NRCC Pours it On

By: Kevin Derby | Posted: December 14, 2013 3:55 AM
Alex Sink

Alex Sink

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.

“Pinellas County families grabbed their newspapers today and saw in bold ink that Alex Sink and President Obama have lied about their train-wreck health care law which is hurting Florida seniors and families,” said Katie Prill, a spokeswoman for the NRCC, on Friday. “It’s pretty clear now that Alex Sink can’t be trusted and would be a risk we can’t afford in Congress.”

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.

Reach Kevin Derby at kderby@sunshinestatenews.com

Comments (5)

9:46PM DEC 14TH 2013
Libertarians are not supporting Overby and basically left the Libertarian Party of Florida after a right-wing takeover that runs purges and fringe candidates to discredit Libertarianism. Just GOOGLE them and look at comments from unhappy libertarians.

'Libertarian' Overby is a fringe crazy who actually wants to vastly increase taxes and government programs. Just check out his site.
Alex Snitker
2:31AM DEC 15TH 2013
This is completely untrue. Nice try though.
9:35PM DEC 14TH 2013
1.)Thanks for mentioning the Libertarian candidate, Lucas Overby. 2.)David Jolly has won the endorsement of BOB BARKER (of "the Price is Right" fame). A Barker in the hand is worth two in the Sink.
8:34AM DEC 14TH 2013
Alex is of the same cloth: You can keep your Pension if you Like it, yet as CFO she lost $27 Billion of the Florida Pension Fund to her Banker buddies on Wall Street. As President of BOA her bank practiced predatory lending in Sub-Prime Mortgages, then foreclosed on homes that didn't have mortgages. Democrats like Waters was the one who eliminated Affordable Flood Insurance, So how affordable are they making Florida? Can we really afford more wealth redistribution from the Obama Ruling Class? Is Obama Care really affordable? Is it even about Healthcare or about Control?
8:56PM DEC 14TH 2013
that sounds exactly like a RPOF hit piece. lol

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