Alex Sink touts bipartisan support with Republican-to-Republican phone bank

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Alex Sink joined local Republicans Wednesday to demonstrate bipartisan support in her race for Pinellas County’s 13th Congressional District.

The Democratic candidate enlisted Seminole vice Mayor Thomas Barnhorn and business owner Alan Bomstein, both Republicans, in a Republican-to-Republican phone bank to speak directly with GOP voters.

“As a business leader and Florida’s Chief Financial Officer,” Sink said in a statement, “I never let politics get in the way of problem solving – and it’s these bipartisan, results oriented values that we need to return to Washington,”

“We have to take best the ideas from every party and start getting Congress focused on tackling the challenges that matter most to Pinellas,” she added.  

“I’m a Republican, and I’m voting for Alex Sink,” said Barnhorn. “Alex is a fiscal conservative who has done more than talk about cutting wasteful spending – as our Chief Financial Officer, she’s actually done it.”

Republican supporters and volunteers hit the phones to reach out to Pinellas Republican voters, promoting Sink’s “commitment to fiscal responsibility and strong record of bipartisan problem solving.”

A sample of the script used by Republican volunteers:

 Hi, I’m a volunteer calling from the Alex Sink for Congress Campaign and just like you, I’m a registered Republican. But the challenges facing Pinellas county and our country are too important to let politics stand in the way of problem solving. That’s why I’m supporting Alex Sink in the upcoming special election for Congressional District 13.

Alex is a fiscal conservative, a business leader, and as Florida’s Chief Financial Officer, she cut wasteful spending to make government do more with less. But  Alex’s opponent, Washington lobbyist David Jolly, helped funnel millions of our tax dollars in pork barrel spending and earmarks to corporations and special interests, while our country’s debt spiked.  Alex Sink is a proven, bipartisan leader who will bring Republicans, Democrats and Independents together in Washington to get Congress focused on solving problems that matter, just like she always has. That’s why I hope you’ll join me in casting your ballot for Alex Sink today.

The former Florida CFO faces Republican David Jolly and Libertarian Lucas Overby in the March 11 special election to replace the late U.S. Rep. C.W. Bill Young, who represented the region for 40 years before passing away in October.

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