David Jolly campaign calls on House Majority PAC to pull ad with AARP reference

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David Jolly’s congressional campaign is calling on Alex Sink to condemn the latest ad by the House Majority PAC, where it intentionally uses the logo of AARP in what Jolly’s camp describes as “yet another attempt to mislead the voters on where David Jolly stands on the issues.” 

As the Tampa Bay Times reported on Wednesday, the AARP has disavowed a campaign commercial that attacks Jolly and claims he wants to privatize Social Security.

The commercial from the pro-Democrat House Majority PAC shows an AARP memo with the organization’s logo featured prominently on the page.

“We were not aware of, nor does AARP have any involvement with, any political campaign including the recent District 13 ad from the House Majority PAC that mentions AARP,” (Florida AARP State Director Jeff) Johnson said. “AARP does not endorse candidates, have a political action committee (PAC), or make contributions to political campaigns or candidates.  We work with members of all political parties to help improve the lives of Americans and Floridians 50+.”

For the record, AARP did not dispute the claims made, just that it did not want to be associated with any campaign involvement.

Hours after AARP released that statement, Jolly’s campaign has released its own.

“This ad is not only flat out false in its distortion of David Jolly’s positions, but it uses the well-known senior advocacy group AARP in an attempt to scare Pinellas seniors,” said Jolly campaign spokesperson Sarah Bascom. “This is typical Washington-style politics and scare tactics that should not be tolerated in this race for the future of Pinellas County.” 

“And, if she refuses to say whether or not she supports or condemns the ad, the local media should hold her accountable and report the truth. David Jolly has long said that he will support preserving social security for our seniors.  Alex Sink knows this and so does the Nancy Pelosi-backed special interest group that is behind this misleading ad.  This ad is an insult to all voters in CD 13, especially seniors,” concluded Bascom.

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