New feature: The day that was in the special election for CD 13

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Editor’s note: This week, SaintPetersBlog launched a new, semi-regular feature that will run during the duration of the special election in Florida’s 13th Congressional District. It is simply a smart wrap of the day’s events in this battleground seat. If you think a story or tweet or ad should be included in our round-up, email me at saintpeter4@gmail.com.

If today in Florida’s 13th Congressional District (not yet) history proves anything, it’s that you never know what’s going to happen next:

Tampa Bay Times political editor Adam Smith set the Twitterverse on fire with comments made by Alex Sink for an upcoming Bay News 9 Political Connections talker. The Congressional Budget Office recently projected that Obamacare will prompt many Americans to work fewer hours so they can get a larger federal healthcare insurance subsidy. Smith wrote Friday that Sink says “the CBO report is actually good news that points to the ‘exciting prospect’ that Americans will have more choice and greater freedom in their lives.” Sink calls the “loss” of 2.5 million jobs an “exciting prospect?” This is gonna be good!

Right out of the gate: “Alex Sink sounds like a Socialist,” says SaintPetersBlog, adding that  one thing Sink is really good at is “defeat from the jaws of victory.” One can almost feel the Times’ seven-point lead for Sink — or nine-pointer, if you accept the “David Overby” Saint Leo University survey — slowly slip the surly bonds of earth, as John Gillespie Magee (and Ronnie Reagan) once said.  

Don’t forget, folks — it’s Valentine’s Day. Like a “turd in the chocolate box,” the Florida Democratic Party sends out an email Valentine to David Jolly, blasting (once again) his association with backer and finance co-chair, “millionaire James MacDougald.” MacDougald calls Social Security a “Ponzi scheme,” wants to end the “unconstitutional” Department of Education and believes that 47 percent of Americans are “dependent” on the government. Polish that any way you want.

What can be more romantic for Valentine’s Day than … lunch with David Jolly and U.S. Rep. Eric Cantor? Jolly supporters found out this afternoon with a $250-a-plate Ybor City fundraiser at J.C. Newman Cigar Company, the nation’s oldest family-owned cigar company, featuring the House Republican second-in-command from Virginia. Republicans sitting around, eating fatty food and smoking oversized stogies — sometimes the jokes write themselves.

On the Democratic side, a new ad produced by the House Majority PAC sends two attack dogs Pinellas County seniors telling David Jolly not to “gamble” with Social Security through privatization. If you think that comparing Pinellas County seniors to attack dogs is a little harsh, you don’t know Florida senior citizens.

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.