Politics

Karl Rove's PAC Doubles Down on David Jolly Over Alex Sink

By: Kevin Derby | Posted: February 19, 2014 3:55 AM
Karl Rove, David Jolly, Alex Sink

Karl Rove, David Jolly, Alex Sink

With three weeks to go until the Pinellas County congressional election, a group with ties to prominent Republican strategist Karl Rove -- who is best known for guiding George W. Bush's two successful presidential campaigns -- is getting more involved. 

Republican-aligned super-PAC American Crossroads announced on Tuesday it was launching a new television ad taking aim at former state CFO Alex Sink, the Democratic candidate running in the special congressional election for the seat that had been held for decades by the late U.S. Rep. Bill Young, R-Fla. Sink takes on Republican David Jolly and Libertarian Lucas Overby in the March 11 election.

The ad from American Crossroads, which has ties to prominent Rove, slams Sink’s record in Tallahassee. The ad will be running over the next three weeks as American Crossroads spent $357,000 to run it in the Tampa Bay market. 

“Alex Sink sunk Florida, and now she wants to reward herself with a congressional seat,” said Jonathan Collegio, a spokesman for American Crossroads. “Floridians deserve better.”

Sink’s team responded on Tuesday afternoon, slamming “David Jolly’s Washington backers” for “dumping another $345,000 onto the Pinellas airwaves this week” in an email sent out to supporters. 

“They think with enough negative ads, they can sway voters and buy this election in the final days,” the Sink team insisted.

Sink herself pushed back against American Crossroads and other super-PACs backing Jolly. Liberal leaning super-PACs, including House Majority PAC and Emily’s List, are supporting Sink and running attack ads against Jolly.

“Four different shady outside groups are pounding the Pinellas airwaves in support of my opponent, Washington lobbyist David Jolly,” Sink pointed out on Tuesday before bringing up the Republican who defeated her in the 2010 gubernatorial election. “They’re trying to sway voters with Rick Scott-style mean machine attacks and buy this election in the final stretch of this race.”

Sink called on supporters to “send a blistering message to Karl Rove and the right-wing super-PACs coming after us” by backing her campaign.

“I will work to bring folks together to help break the gridlock and focus on solving the problems that matter,” Sink insisted.

American Crossroads is not the only group continuing to go to bat for Jolly. The National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) continues to pound Sink, trying to link her to U.S. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and President Barack Obama’s federal health-care law. On Monday, Katie Prill, a spokeswoman for the NRCC, looked to pile on Sink for praising Obama’s health care law last week.

“It’s troubling that Alex Sink thinks that Obamacare costing our economy jobs is an ‘exciting prospect.’ What’s more concerning is that Sink will say and do anything to cover up the negative impacts of the law to please Nancy Pelosi and Barack Obama in Washington,” Prill said on Monday.



Reach Kevin Derby at kderby@sunshinestatenews.com.


Comments (14)

zb
3:19PM FEB 24TH 2014
Given what Republicans have done to this country during 8 years of GWBush - 2 wars, and the worst recession since the depression - and everything they have done since including shutting down the government and standing in the way of everything to make the country better; and given how corrupt Scott has run the state its a stunning there is even one person left in the state or country that would vote for a Republican/tparty candidate. It is sad to say the Republican/Tparty has become the party of hate, ignorance, lies, and exploitation.

Time to wake up America and stop voting for people who want to take us back to the dark ages.
Cbarry
6:17PM MAR 2ND 2014
Let me understand your comment.....You actually started by talking about people in office from 2000-2008 and saying that is why continuing on that track is bad. I hate to break the news to you but it is 2014. Obama and policies Sinks stands by has been in play for 6 years...VOTE David Jolly. ..... Sinks is a danger to the health of Pinellas..... If there is anything the great people of pinellas want, is what is best for their health and that most certainly is David Jolly. I'm a woman born and raised in Pinellas, a Veteran and small Biz Owner. The health of the elderly and all is a big focus of mine and David Jolly #DavidJollyCD13 is best for the Great people of Pinellas. Sinks is just plain dangerous for the health of each person in Pinellas.
Cbarry
6:15PM MAR 2ND 2014
Let me understand your comment.....You actually started by talking about people in office from 2000-2008 and saying that is why continuing on that track is bad. I hate to break the news to you but it is 2014. Obama and policies Sinks stands by has been in play for 6 years...VOTE David Jolly. ..... Sinks is a danger to the health of Pinellas..... If there is anything the great people of pinellas want, is what is best for their health and that most certainly is David Jolly. I'm a woman born and raised in Pinellas, a Veteran and small Biz Owner. The health of the elderly and all is a big focus of mine and David Jolly #DavidJollyCD13 is best for the Great people of Pinellas. Sinks is just plain dangerous for the health of each person in Pinellas.
Robert M
12:34PM FEB 24TH 2014
Lobbyists already have an unhealthy influence on Congress. We don't need ex-lobbyist Jolly lobbying from the inside.
AKee
6:17PM FEB 20TH 2014
This super pac is annoying the heck out of everyone I know in Pinellas. The nonstop phone calls and visits to our houses by these super pacs has to stop!!! They will not leave us alone with bully tactics trying to make sure we vote for Jolly. I have had 4 phone calls and at least 3 visits at my home. I told them I vote via mail and I'd swear they are checking my outgoing mail with all these "visits". I bet they plan to open to see if I voted for Sink and then snake off with my ballot like the scum they are if they didn't like the result.

Florida is a 3rd world country when it comes to voting!!!!! Don't trust anyone mail voters, take your vote to your closest drop off spot and pray they don't have that covered like they did in the GW election in 2000.
C Breeze
1:39PM FEB 20TH 2014
Alexis Sink is the worst example of an opportunist wannabe politician in the same vein as Charlie "the tuna" Crist. They will change their stripes and their spots and their messages to tell you whatever they think you want to hear in order to "get back on the government mammary" in some fashion or other, at all costs, monetarily, ethically, and dishonestly. SINK-NO
AKee
6:20PM FEB 20TH 2014
Clearly another one of the intrusive type people that knocks on my door during dinner and call when we are trying to get children into bed. "Go sell crazy somewhere else, we are all stocked up here".
Mark Matis
8:43AM FEB 20TH 2014
If the Rove Republicans are backing Jolly, that should tell you all you need to know. He is clearly nothing more than another jackass in an elephant suit. Might as well have Sink instead, because at least he doesn't run around in a costume, pretending to be something that he is not.
AmericaWatch
10:46AM FEB 21ST 2014
I wish you would educate yourself more honestly about Karl Rove and others. The one thing I'm sure of is that he's not trying to take away our freedoms. The Obama gang has proved that is their very intention as we slip even further out of the top ten freest country due to the massive Obama mandates. Anyone who supports him and his behavior, I.e, Sink, should speak volumes to us if we are listening...
Michael
4:49PM FEB 21ST 2014
Yep, besides a history of lying and manipulation for political purposes going back to when Rove was in college and active with the College Republicans , Rove has in point of fact used his political power and influence to have people investigated, charged, tried and convicted. Rove will, if given a chance, do his damndest to take away your freedom if you are on the wrong side of him politically. Rove is a dispicable man.
Mark Matis
1:04PM FEB 24TH 2014
Well said.
Mark Matis
8:43AM FEB 20TH 2014
If the Rove Republicans are backing Jolly, that should tell you all you need to know. He is clearly nothing more than another jackass in an elephant suit. Might as well have Sink instead, because at least he doesn't run around in a costume, pretending to be something that he is not.
Dean
7:40AM FEB 19TH 2014
I remember lots of sneers and negative comments about Sink getting outside money. now the tone is completly different, like it is a good thing. Since when is trying to buy an election good? SSN is allowing its partisan slip to show. Seems a bit hypocritical to me.
Michael
5:54AM FEB 19TH 2014
Is not Rove still certain Romney won Ohio? If Rove is against you the certainty is you must be a pretty decent person since Rove has nothing he will not do possibly including murder to advance his ideological positions. Rove has lied and used his political position to put people in prison and his history has always been he will do anything. His partner in lying and slander Lee Atwater at least had a death bed conversion or at least confession as to how evil his and Rove's practices were and Rove's still are. And the NRCC still has nothing positive to offer but can only promulgate falsehoods themselves. Republicans cannot win on the facts or the merits of their utterly destructive to American's policies and positions. When Republicans say government does not work they have more than proven if they are in charge it does not work for the benefit of the people. They are real good though about making their cronies and backers rich at taxpayer expense.

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