Heat Intensifies as GOP Pelts Alex Sink for Disparaging Immigrant Workers

By: Kevin Derby | Posted: February 26, 2014 3:55 AM
Alex Sink and David Jolly

Alex Sink and David Jolly

With two weeks to go in the special election for a congressional seat left open by the death of U.S. Rep. Bill Young, R-Fla., the pace of attacks is increasing on both major-party sides.

Appearing at a candidate forum Tuesday morning, Democratic candidate Alex Sink weighed in on immigration reform, making a pitch for the business community to support it.

“Immigration reform is important in our country,” Sink said. “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.”

The Sarasota County GOP used her comments like a gift horse. They circulated a video of Sink making them from Saint PetersBlog and immediately labeled her “racist liberal Alex Sink” for her characterization of immigrants and the jobs they hold.

Sink, Republican David Jolly and Libertarian Lucas Overby are running in the March 11 special election to represent parts of Pinellas County.

Not to be outdone, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) released a new television ad Tuesday attacking Jolly, just as the Jolly campaign and the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) had done on Monday.

“Who’s behind these ads smearing Alex Sink?” the narrator of the ad asks. “Insurance companies and special interests. They spent millions on David Jolly. And Jolly’s pledged to take us back – to when insurance companies charged women more than men and denied coverage for pre-existing conditions. And Jolly praised a plan ending Medicare’s guarantee – forcing seniors to negotiate with insurance companies. They profit. We pay the price.”

Both the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and the Florida Democratic Party showcased a Tampa Bay Times piece on Tuesday which found Jolly claimed both homes in Tampa Bay and in Washington, D.C., as his primary residence. The Jolly camp insists it was a mistake on their candidate’s part and noted he informed the D.C. property appraiser of the mistake back in 2007.

In the meantime the Florida State Lodge Fraternal Order of Police endorsed Jolly on Tuesday. 

“After carefully considering his legislative platform, his close working relationship with the late Congressman Bill Young and real-life experience, the Fraternal Order of Police, Florida State Lodge, is pleased to lend our name to David Jolly for his campaign,” said James Preston, the president of the Florida State Lodge Fraternal Order of Police. “David is right for public safety and he is right for Florida. David Jolly is a leader who understands the unique concerns of Pinellas County. He has a vision of future economic growth and prosperity for our diverse community.”

“I am honored to have the support of such a great organization that not only strives to cultivate the bonds between their members, but between the community and the people they serve,” said Jolly. “Like the Florida State Lodge Fraternal Order of Police, the bond I share with my community and my neighbors is important, and if elected, I will continue to keep those lines of communication open as we work to ensure that our streets, schools and parks are safe for Pinellas County families and all future generations. I am proud to have the endorsement from our law enforcement leaders and thank them for their support.”

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Comments (9)

Susan B
4:02PM MAR 4TH 2014
Who are you going to fire for this Alex? Did someone bring you the response on a piece of paper like they did your cell phone that time?
10:31AM FEB 28TH 2014
Spoke like a true member of the Democratic Party. The party that opposed ending slavery and creating Jim Crow laws to keep non-whites from freedom. Now the target is immigrants and the need for house cleaners and landscapers. Kinda like the old plantation workers!
The party that loves welfare to disenfranchise groups of people from attaining their true potential.
Vote Democrat and continue the slave mentality!
1:54PM FEB 26TH 2014
Democrat hypocrites...all of you should be ashamed. Sink is a condescending carpetbagging bankster millionaire and the truth hurts. Funny watching all the apologists run around trying to cover up her remarks. She spoke from the heart - she really does think she is better than all of you.
1:21PM FEB 26TH 2014
So we give amnesty to illegal aliens to have more maids and landscapers??? Hmmmm!!
Alastair Edward
11:57AM FEB 26TH 2014
Jolly claiming both homes as his residenc and principle address is shabby. It was done for his own greedy personal gain. It means one of those local political jurisdictions where he owns property is being cheated out of owed taxes.

Disregard all of those fatcat TV adds from both sides and focus on one established fact. To put it in a nutshell. There is nothing worse than a politician who is a cheap crook. It means he will sell his soul and his country for a dime.

For those who live in the district help yourselves and the rest of us. Jolly does not deseve anyone's vote. There are two other people running who you can vote for. The country does not need anymore cheap crooks in the House.
5:14PM FEB 26TH 2014
A vote for that Lying SINK and the Obama regime is a vote for Socialism and government dependency. Sink has no leadership capabilities, losing $27 Billion of the Pension fund and then giving bonuses to the idiots that failed to investigate Florida Bank complaints. Admittedly, they threw them away. Yet, we need another banker in DC, one that practiced predatory lending and then foreclosures for over $8 million in bonuses. Liberal Elitist to rubber stamp the benevolent Tyrant. R U NUTZ?
11:01AM FEB 26TH 2014
Any union that supports a Republican over a Democratic option is voting against its membership's interests AND values. Just look to NJ to see how much voters remorse there is for supporting Christie. Look to NC to see how voting in a Duke Energy hack left people without clean water, with no consequences.
Richard Cranium
4:18PM MAR 12TH 2014
Anyone that votes down party lines is an ignorant fool. And to use the word VALUES and UNION in the same sentence is obviously an ignorant fool. The unions elected Barack Obama. Barack Obama is the worst President of the USA ever! Obama and his minions are pushing to allow more than 7 million illegal aliens to be granted citizenship/amnesty while more than 20 million Americans are unemployed or underemployed.
8:14AM FEB 26TH 2014
What a joke. So what if the F.O.P. supports Jolly? A member of the same group for how long? Oh, and how many properties does he live in full time? According to officials Jolly simply made a mistake! Hypocrite.
Not to mention the Sarasota GOP who actually began the racist name calling against Sink! Wow, talk about hypocrites! How many minority members does that organization have? What about state and national Republican parties? Hypocrites they are!
I wonder if anyone has really dug into Jolly's background to see exactly where he's come from. How long has he resided in the St. Pete area?Did he ever reside, and try to run for political office anywhere else in the state? We know the F.O.P. did little to no research, but what about the rest of those who will vote? Do your homework and don't trust any of the malarky being spread by the parties. Listen closely to the candidates and make your own decisions. Finally, think about why the Republican party is throwing so much money into Jolley's campaign. Why? Because they see the handwriting on the walls, everywhere. So to get the jump, let's make up some stuff? I suggest each of the candidates go through a certified background check, then let them debate ISSUES rather than personal attacks!

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