Alex Sink avoids another candidate debate

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Another day, another candidate forum scrubbed in the special election for Florida’s 13th Congressional District. And once again it’s because Democrat Alex Sink won’t participate.

A February 26th candidate forum at B’nai Israel has been cancelled because organizers of the event can’t get a commitment from Sink.

“You have been wonderful and the communication with you and the Overby Campaign has been just great,” writes Lou Bader, the chair of the Adult Studies Commission at Congregation B’nai Israel. Unfortunately we just can’t seem to get a commitment from the Sink Campaign.”

“To say I’m disappointed would be an understatement,” writes Bader.

This is at least the third candidate debate or forum in which Sink has declined to participate, according to Sarah Bascom, a spokesperson for the David Jolly campaign.

Jolly’s campaign has released a list of agreed upon debates and joint appearances that Sink either declined or cancelled.

The list includes a cancelled January 30 appearance at WUSF and a Suncoast Tiger Bay Club debate that Sink could not make because of a conflict with a fundraising event planned for Washington D.C. 

According to an email from Lottie Watts, the editorial director at WUSF, Sink’s campaign told her that could not participate in the event because the candidates hadalready agreed on a certain number of joint appearances.

Not true, says Bascom.

“If Alex Sink really cared about the issues important to Pinellas County voters, she would agree to open forums where she can answer questions posed to her from the voters or impacted organizations instead of avoiding them,” said Bascom.

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