NRCC responds to Alex Sink not running for CD 13

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Democrat Alex Sink announced Tuesday that she would not seek a rematch against Republican U.S. Rep. David Jolly for Florida’s 13th Congressional District in November.

Both local and national media had reported that Sink, the past Florida CFO who narrowly lost to Jolly in March, was considering another run for Congress in the midterms.

In a statement released by her campaign today, Sink said:

“I am so honored and humbled by the outpouring of support our campaign received, but after reflection with my family I have made a personal decision not to run for the 13th Congressional District seat in the 2014 election. I want to thank every voter, volunteer and donor for their support – we can all be proud of the strong campaign we ran.

“I look forward to finding new, rewarding avenues where I can continue to effectively serve the people of Florida. In the words of Bill, I look forward to continuing to do good. I remain totally convinced that a Democrat can and will win this congressional seat in the fall, and I look forward to helping the Democratic nominee.” 

The National Republican Congressional Committee was quick to point out that Sink’s backing out of the race was a “huge recruitment fail by Washington Democrats and goes to show how bad this November is going to be for House Democrat members and candidates across the country.”

“Washington Democrats can’t even convince their diehard career politicians to walk the plank this November,” said NRCC spokesperson Katie Prill in a statement. “It’s obvious that Alex Sink stood zero chance of beating David Jolly this November and her decision not to run only proves that the 2014 midterm elections are going to be extremely rough for Democrats across the country.” 

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