Former state CFO Alex Sink is gearing up to face whichever Republican wins Tuesdays primary, as she gets ready for the March general election for the open Tampa Bay congressional seat held more than 40 years by the late Republican U.S. Rep. Bill Young.
Sink launched the Alex Sink Truth Team Thursday to offer online rapid response to Republican attacks. Despite having the support of Democrats at the national level, including U.S. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., Sink -- who was the Democratic gubernatorial nominee in 2010 and is the widow of 2002 Democratic gubernatorial nominee Bill McBride -- looked to play down partisanship as she unveiled her latest efforts.
Pinellas residents are tired of the partisan name-calling and finger-pointing in Washington thats standing in the way of solutions -- we need to bring Republicans and Democrats together to break through this gridlock and get Congress focused on solving the challenges that matter most, said Sink. "But the forces of dysfunction are going to do everything they can to try and get in our way by spreading false and misleading attacks, and we need to be ready to fight back with the truth. Our truth team will be a terrific resource for folks in Pinellas to get the facts, debunk the spin, and learn about our campaign's commitment to putting Pinellas over politics."
Despite listing the county repeatedly, Sink is new to Pinellas County and the district. In October, after she entered the special election, Sink announced she would move from Hillsborough County to Pinellas.
Republicans quickly returned fire on Thursday, bashing Sink for supporting the federal health-care law backed by President Barack Obama.
Its a telling sign that Alex Sink has to have a make-believe truth team because her record as CFO in Florida was so controversial, insisted Katie Prill, a spokeswoman for the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC), on Thursday. Its also interesting that Sinks truth team refuses to address Obamacare, the No. 1 issue of this campaign. Its obvious that her team cant figure out how to cover up her strong support of the law, which is already causing over 300,000 Floridians to lose their health care coverage.
Three Republicans -- retired Marine Gen. Mark Bircher, former Young aide David Jolly and state Rep. Kathleen Peters, R-St. Petersburg -- are battling in Tuesdays primary. Whoever wins will face Sink and Libertarian Lucas Overby in the general election on March 11.
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