CD 13 Candidates Start to Make Closing Pitches as Early Voting Begins

By: Kevin Derby | Posted: March 1, 2014 3:55 AM
Alex Sink and David Jolly

Alex Sink and David Jolly

With a week and a half to go and early voting starting on Saturday, Democratic former state CFO Alex Sink and Republican David Jolly start their closing pitches to win over Pinellas County voters in the special election to replace the late U.S. Rep. Bill Young, R-Fla., in Congress. Sink, Jolly and Libertarian Lucas Overby meet in the March 11 election.

On Friday, in the lead-up to a debate later that day, the Jolly camp peppered Sink with questions on Obamacare, taking money from lobbyists and asking if she will apologize for comments she made on the jobs immigrants can fill in the economy.

“Alex Sink seems adamant on running and endorsing negative attack ads that are scaring seniors and intentionally misleading voters,” said Sarah Bascom, a spokeswoman for Jolly on Friday. “Throughout this entire campaign, she has declined opportunities to participate in public forums in order to ensure voters do not get a chance to learn where she really stands on the issues. As we saw during the last debate, it is clear that any time her campaign handlers allow for her to have a frank discussion with the people of Pinellas County, her true opinion will inevitably shine through and prove to voters she is not only out of touch with issues important to this county, but that she is willing to put on any disguise for her own political gain despite her offensive views of immigrant workers and her support of Obamacare – a law that has hurt Pinellas families and businesses so much already.”

Sink has made political hay out of Jolly’s lobbying background. But like Bascom, the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) hit back on Friday, noting that Sink has pulled in more than $10,800 from lobbyists for her campaign.

“Alex Sink has turned off voters in Pinellas County with her hypocritical campaign rhetoric and her unwavering support for Obamacare,” said Katie Prill, a spokeswoman for the NRCC. “Pinellas families deserve an independent voice in Washington, but Alex Sink is proving to be just another mouthpiece for the liberal Washington establishment.”

In the meantime, both parties are bringing out former political leaders to woo over undecided voters. Conservative group American Action Network brought out former U.S. Rep. Ginny Brown Waite, R-Fla., to help Jolly on Thursday while Sink called on former Gov. and U.S. Sen. Bob Graham.

"I’m happy to support Alex Sink for Congress,” Graham said on Thursday. “She'll be an excellent representative and you’ll be proud you voted for her."

Allison Tant, the chairwoman of the Florida Democratic Party, also went to bat for Sink on Friday, warning her party about the “millions in dishonest attacks pouring into Florida against Democrats like Alex Sink” and calling on them to help.

Sink also made a pitch to her backers on Friday. “Early voting begins tomorrow,” Sink informed her supporters. “We're down to the wire in a race the Tampa Bay Times says is a dead heat. We know it's going to come down to turnout.”

The Sink team has more than 30 events going on across the district this weekend.

As the clock ticks down to March 11, both sides are relying on outside groups that have spent more than $6 million in the race so far. On Friday, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce released a new TV ad attacking Sink for supporting President Barack Obama’s federal health-care law and linking her to U.S. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.

Sink’s team fired back on Friday, telling the Tampa Bay Times the ad is “misleading” and offers a “wild distortion”of her position. Sink’s team also hit Jolly’s lobbying background.


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Comments (7)

Herman Hester
1:54PM MAR 5TH 2014
If your happy with Obamacare then vote for Sink if not then vote for Jolly. Just remember Obama is the one that's taking Medicare money and putting it into Obamacare.
Mark Matis
9:15AM MAR 3RD 2014
Sink and Jolly are two peas from the same pod. Or more accurately, opposite ends of the same steaming turd. I do not know about Mr. Overby, but the only difference between electing Jolly and electing Sink is whose cronies will get to slop at the government trough. May they BOTH burn in hell where they belong.
6:19PM MAR 2ND 2014
Once again the Far Right attempts to throw enough money at this election to buy yet another Tea Partier into a congress that accomplishes absolutely nothing except what their corporate bosses tell them to do. Mr. Jolly wants to privatize YOUR social security and give it to the stock brokers. He wants to make sure that WOMEN have no rights to make their own medical decisions. He even lobbied for a group that wanted to put Social Security into a voucher setup. NOW it is time for the people to show that it isn't about the RICH people's money but about having a government that might work for us. Early voting has started. MS SINK has been a hard worker and not a paid insider. Elect ALEX SINK to Congress and get one more representative who might actually work for the people.
7:21PM MAR 1ST 2014
Yes, yes, Alex Sink must be anti-immigrant, a "racist" as some in the GOP have labeled her and "disgusting" at David Jolly has labeled her, for making the following comments:

"Immigration reform is important in our country. It's one of the main agenda items of the beaches' chamber of commerce, for obvious reasons, because we have a lot of employers over on the beaches that rely upon workers, and especially in this high-growth environment, where are you going to get people to work to clean our hotel rooms or do our landscaping? And we don't need to put those employers in a position of hiring undocumented and illegal workers.

I believe that the Senate came together in a bipartisan way to forge a solution. It was a very tough negotiation, and Sen. Marco Rubio was a participant in that, and one of the leaders, and members of his own party has even come against him. For every example that you hear, I think about the high school valedictorian —- I believe he lives in this district now. High school valedictorian.

He was brought here when he was a young man, 9 or 10 years old. He didn't choose to come here. His parents brought him. He was undocumented. And what does he do? How does he get an education? He did everything right. He became an incredible student. He even eventually ended up going to law school and becoming a lawyer. But right now he can't practice law because of his undocumented status. That's not right. We need to bring these people out the shadows so that they're paying into Social Security, paying into Medicare, paying federal income taxes, so that they're not security issues. But they have to earn their way. So we need immigration reform and I would definitely join with Democrats and Republicans in the House and pass immigration reform as soon as possible.''

So praising a young immigrant who has succeeded is considered to be racist by partisan conservatives, right . . . . anti-immigrant, right . . . . . and clearly "disgusting" as Jolly labeled it, and "should disqualify her from serving in the United States Congress" just as he also said, right . . . .

Sigh . . . . . just more idiotic personal attacks by demonizing right wing politics of the "Big Lie" . . . .

Pathetic . . . .
10:24AM MAR 1ST 2014
As a voter in CD13, I've received 4 phone calls from Democrats, 2 from New York, 1 from Virginia and 1 from Georgia. That makes me curious when I saw the picture of the back of a minivan saying "She is One of US" and the van has Hillsborough County license plates. I have seen completely misleading ads that SINK has placed and the DCCC. So, when I See the VP from Delaware going to South Florida for donations for a PAC in DC to place ads in a NY agency supporting their SOCIALIST agenda... I know exactly who SINK supports and it won't be the people of CD13 or bring any jobs but more debt and pain. She states she will work with Republicans but only as long as they agree with her just like POTUS refusing to negotiate on anything...
9:41AM MAR 1ST 2014
Interesting to see The Orlando Sentinel listing David Jolly as the "Chump of The Week" in their March 1st Saturday edition for using little parts of a full comment made by Alex Sink. My opinion is that as a gentlelady, Alex Sink far out classes Jolly, as well as having much more knowledge of actual FACTS, rather than the silly ASSumptions of Mr. Jolly. Clearly, it is time to send him packing (again) and telling him he's done as a candidate. If not, be prepared to receive nothing but lip service for the remaining years of the term he'll serve.
7:10PM MAR 2ND 2014
Not to mention the fact that he has lobbied for groups that want to privatize Social Security and he is vehemently anti choice.

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