Email Insights: David Jolly benefactor touches CD 13’s “third rail”

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For a Congressional race in the region once considered “God’s waiting room,” now looks like a good time to start hedging your bets.

As Alex Sink pulls ahead in recent polling, the Democratic Party keeps piling on Republican David Jolly, this time with troubling revelations about “benefactor” and campaign finance co-chair, James MacDougald.

In the battle for the large number of seniors who live (and vote) in Pinellas County, an email to supporters from the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee reveals millionaire MacDougald touching the “third rail” of Pinellas County’s 13th Congressional District  — calling the Social Security Trust Fund a “Ponzi-Scheme.”

MacDougald, who “hired Jolly to be his point man on Capitol Hill,” is the newest target of the DCCC, who lists only a few “incendiary policies and beliefs,” listed in his book Unsustainable:

•               Social Security Trust Fund is a “Ponzi-Scheme.”

•               Eliminate the “unconstitutional” Department of Education

•               Saying 47-percent of Americans who paid no income taxes are “dependent on government welfare,” an echo of Mitt Romney’s controversial comments in 2012

“This new report details what Pinellas residents already know: special interest Lobbyist David Jolly has spent his career protecting unfair tax breaks for corporations and the ultra-wealthy while making Pinellas seniors, veterans and middle class families pay more,” said DCCC spokesperson David Bergstein.

“Lobbyist Jolly has spent years pushing his millionaire benefactor’s radical agenda in Congress, and his own Tea Party ideology is just as out touch with the values of Pinellas families. It’s just more proof that we can’t trust special interest Lobbyist David Jolly.”

In Jolly’s attempt to replace the much-loved U.S. Rep. Bill Young, who passed away at age 82, using well-known 90-year-old Bob Barker (equally loved) as an early endorsement, badmouthing Social Security — no matter who does it — is simply not a smart thing.

Bashing Social Security certainly does not play well in Pinellas County, where a large percent of the residents are seniors who fall under that “47 percent” umbrella.

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