Alex Sink signs pledge for “Pinellas Over Politics”

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Alex Sink joined a group of independent elected officials and residents today to sign a commitment to put “Pinellas over politics.”

The pledge-signing event at St. Petersburg’s Sawgrass Lake Park this morning featured the Democratic candidate for Florida’s Congressional District 13 reaffirming the dominant theme of her campaign — to bring Republicans and Democrats together to eliminate gridlock and “get things done” in Washington.

“Partisan bickering and name-calling doesn’t do anything to help find solutions to the issues that matter most to our community,” Sink said during a speech at the event. “What we need is an independent voice who will put Pinellas over politics.”

Sink vowed to bring Republicans, Democrats, and Independents together to get Congress focused in issues such as jobs, seniors, veterans and stopping flood insurance spikes.

“It’s these kinds of bipartisan, results oriented values that I practiced as Florida’s Chief Financial Officer and a business leader,” Sink added. “And these are the values I’ll bring to Washington.”

“The problem in Washington is that Republicans and Democrats are more interested in politics than problem solving – but Alex Sink has always brought folks together to get things done,” said Seminole Councilmember Jim Quinn, who is a registered Independent.

“I know Alex will be an independent voice who will put Pinellas over politics and work across the aisle to find bipartisan, common sense solutions to the challenges that matter to most to Pinellas,” Quinn added.

The “Pinellas Over Politics” pledge states:

 “I, Alex Sink, pledge to put Pinellas over politics. The dysfunction and infighting in Washington has gone on long enough and the gridlock is hurting too many Americans.

 We should focus on challenges that matter most to Pinellas: growing our economy, protecting seniors and veterans, and stopping the flood insurance spike.

 That’s why I pledge to work to bring Democrats and Republicans together to get things done. 

 These are the bipartisan, results-oriented values I’ve practiced all my life, and it’s these values I will fight for when I’m elected.”


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