As general election approaches, Alex Sink’s campaign launches “truth team”

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If the Republican primary in the special election for Florida’s 13th congressional district is any indication, the general election between the GOP nominee and Democrat Alex Sink should be a particularly nasty affair. In anticipation of the negative politics to come, Sink launched today the “Truth Team” she says will mobilize supporters with facts against false attacks.

For weeks, two of the Republicans running in CD 13, David Jolly and Kathleen Peters, have engaged in a series of punches and counterpunches, while Sink has remained mostly out of public view. That all ends next Wednesday after the Republican nominee will be set and the party’s focus will clearly be on Sink.

Sink says she will be ready.

“Pinellas residents are tired of the partisan name-calling and finger-pointing in Washington that’s standing in the way of solutions — we need to bring Republicans and Democrats together to break through this gridlock and get Congress focused on solving the challenges that matter most,” said Sink. “But the forces of dysfunction are going to do everything they can to try and get in our way by spreading false and misleading attacks, and we need to be ready to fight back with the truth. Our Truth Team will be a terrific resource for folks in Pinellas to get the facts, debunk the spin, and learn about our campaign’s commitment to putting Pinellas over politics.” 

The Truth Team site, available at www.AlexForCongress.com/TruthTeam, includes several features, according to a release, including:
·        Myths and the truth about Sink’s record.
·        The ability for Sink’s supporters to share facts on social media.
·        A feature that allows individuals to submit what they believe are misleading claims they hear or see to the Truth Team and get answers.
·        Infographics that allow Sink’s supporters to share these facts about Alex in an easy, visual way.
 
A Republican spokesperson says most of Sink’s record that has been under scrutiny is left off this website.
 
“It’s a telling sign that Alex Sink has to have a make believe ‘truth team’ because her record as CFO in Florida was so controversial,” said NRCC spox Katie Prill. “It’s also interesting that Sink’s ‘Truth Team’ refuses to address Obamacare, the number one issue of this campaign. It’s obvious that her team can’t figure out how to cover up her strong support of the law which is already causing over 300,000 Floridians to lose their health care coverage.” 
 

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.