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U.S. Chamber of Commerce Dings Alex Sink in Florida

February 6, 2014
Politico
Maggie Haberman

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is lacing into Democratic candidate Alex Sink in a Florida House special election, with a new TV spot that attacks her for supporting Obamacare in a district in which both sides have been playing aggressively.

The new spot comes on the heels of an endorsement ad from the well-funded business group, featuring former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush endorsing Republican David Jolly in the District 13 special election.

The newest spot focuses on Sink and Obamacare, opening by saying that 300,000 Floridians will “lose their current coverage because of Obamacare.”

“Alex Sink supported it and she still does,” the narrator says, ticking off a litany of after-effects from Obamacare before calling it “a disaster for families and seniors.”

“With Alex Sink, the priority is Obamacare, not us,” the narrator concludes.

Rob Engstrom, the Chamber’s political director, said, “We’re doubling down on Fl-13 in support of David Jolly. We’re not going to let Sink hide or run from her support of Obamacare.”

The buy from the Chamber for the March 11 special election is substantial, spread over broadcast, media and digital, and already clocking in at well over $650,000, according to an independent media buyer.

The House seat was filled by Republican Bill Young for over 40 years. He passed away last October.

Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee spokesman Josh Schwerin replied to the ad, “Nobody should be surprised that Washington special interests have Washington lobbyist David Jolly’s back. But Pinellas seniors know that Lobbyist Jolly would make seniors pay more: supporting radical repeal that would reopen the medicare prescription drug donut hole and giving insurance companies the power to raise health care costs and kick people with pre-existing conditions off their plans.”

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