David Jolly says Alex Sink is dodging debates

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David Jolly continues to strike out at Democrat Alex Sink on her lack of a response to “pointed questions” as well as repeatedly declining to interview during the Pinellas County 13th Congressional District race.  

“We have heard numerous complaints throughout the district that Sink’s ‘handlers’ won’t let the media near her to ask pointed questions and that her staff is declining interview requests because she has committed to enough joint appearances,” said Jolly spokesperson Sarah Bascom.

Jolly is running to replace the former Republican U.S. Rep. Bill Young, who passed away in October. Jolly has been a lobbyist, consultant and Young’s General Counsel for nearly 20 years. In the March 11 special election, he faces both Sink, the former state CFO and 2010 gubernatorial candidate, and Libertarian candidate Lucas Overby.

“David Jolly believes that the voters of Pinellas County deserve to hear from him on how he feels on every issue that they care about,” Bascom added, “which is why he is willing to debate Alex Sink every day for the remainder of the special election.”

As Sink lags slightly behind in the polls, Bascom said her strategy has increasingly focused on discrediting the Republican in TV ads. Meanwhile, Jolly’s campaign released a list of agreed upon debates and joint appearances that Sink either declined or cancelled.

The list includes a cancelled Jan. 30 WUSF appearance and a Suncoast Tiger Bay Club debate that Sink could not make because of a conflict with a scheduled trip to Washington D.C. .

“David Jolly knows the local issues because he has walked the streets of the district and met with the people of Congressional District 13 for decades,” Bascom added. “If Alex Sink really cared about the issues important to Pinellas County voters, she would agree to open forums where she can answer questions posed to her from the voters or impacted organizations instead of avoiding them.”

“Maybe Alex Sink should spend more time articulating where exactly she is on the issues of higher taxes, the rising cost of insurance rates for Pinellas homeowners, how she will reduce the federal debt,” Bascom said. “And of course, how she will handle the epic failure that is Obamacare that is crippling Pinellas families and businesses, and making people lose their insurance plans in their time of need.” 

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.