Alex Sink receives endorsement of national senior group

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Democratic Congressional candidate Alex Sink received an endorsement today from the Pinellas County Chapter of the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare.

The NCPSSM is a membership organization designed to protect and ensure the financial security, health, and well-being of maturing Americans.

Sink, former Florida CFO and 2010 gubernatorial candidate, faces Republican David Jolly and Libertarian Lucas Overby in an increasingly contentious race for Florida’s 13th Congressional District. 

“Alex Sink is the only candidate Pinellas seniors trust to protect Social Security and Medicare,” said CPSSM member Gerald Buchert, a Pinellas senior.

“I am proud to announce our endorsement of Alex,” Buchert added,  “especially in light of yesterday’s report detailing David Jolly’s work lobbying on behalf of an organization that wants to privatize Social Security, and Jolly’s comments praising the Ryan budget that ends the Medicare guarantee.”

Buchert said that Sink would be “a strong advocate who will protect the benefits that Pinellas seniors have earned.”

“Social Security and Medicare are promises we’ve made to our seniors, and it’s critical that we protect and promote these vital programs – end of discussion,” Sink responded in a statement released Thursday afternoon. “I’m honored to receive the endorsement of the Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare.”

The NCPSSM endorsement comes soon after a Tampa Bay Times article highlighting a disclosure report saying Jolly — a former lobbyist — worked “on Social Security reform on behalf of a conservative interest whose CEO expressed support for privatizing accounts.”

Sink also noted that Jolly expressed “there is a lot of good” in the Paul Ryan Budget ending Medicare guarantees.

 

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