Get Ready, Pinellas, David Jolly and Alex Sink Are Firing up Your TV Screens
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Pinellas County viewers can expect to be inundated with new television commercials as Republican David Jolly and former state CFO Alex Sink, a Democrat turn up the heat on an already sizzling special election race. The two candidates and Libertarian Lucas Overby meet in the March 11 special election for the congressional seat left vacant by the death of longtime U.S. Rep. Bill Young, R-Fla.
Jolly unveiled an ad Friday that attacks Sink, using clips from their debate earlier in the week to indict her with her own words. In the clips in the commercial, Sink says she does not back a federal balanced budget amendment, while Jolly says he does. The ad also features Jolly saying he will vote to cut government spending.
Sink also has a new commercial out, hitting Jolly for being a lobbyist and in which she weighs in on President Barack Obama’s federal health-care law, saying she wants to reform it and not repeal it.
“We can’t go back to letting insurance companies do whatever they want," Sink says in the ad. “Instead of repealing the health care law, we want to keep what’s right and improve what’s wrong.”
Sink’s commercial drew the fire of the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) which has been trying to link her to the health care law which polls poorly in Florida.
“Alex Sink is so desperate to cover up her support of Obamacare and its $716 billion cuts to Medicare that she’s willing to lie to voters on TV,” said Katie Prill, a spokeswoman for the NRCC, on Friday. “Pinellas families deserve to know that Alex Sink supports Obamacare which is already hurting seniors right here in Florida.”
In the meantime, Sink tried to shore up her support with the business community on Friday as she launched “Pinellas Small Businesses For Alex” which includes more than 40 small-business owners backing her campaign. Earlier in the week, the National Federation for Independent Business (NFIB), which represents small businesses, endorsed Jolly through their PAC.
“Alex Sink’s private-sector experience and her passion for helping entrepreneurs grow our economy makes her the perfect voice to represent Pinellas small businesses in Washington,”said Mary Jean Bonfili, owner of the El Cap Restaurant in St. Petersburg, on Friday. “Small businesses are truly the engine that drives our economic growth, but we need a bipartisan problem solver like Alex Sink who will bring folks together to break the gridlock in Congress that is holding our economy back. We are proud to endorse Alex, and confident that she will be a strong and effective partner helping Pinellas small businesses create more, good paying jobs.”
“Growing Pinellas’ economy for middle class families is both my top priority and my passion – and as a businesswoman I know firsthand that the most effective way to grow jobs is empowering our local small businesses,” said Sink. “To create the right environment for economic growth we need to make smart investments and cut wasteful spending – but most importantly, stop the useless partisan finger-pointing in Congress that is delivering self-inflicted wounds our economy cannot afford. I am honored to receive the endorsement of over 40 Pinellas small businesses, and I pledge to take the voices of our local companies, entrepreneurs and workers to Washington.”
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