The day that was in the CD 13 special election

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The final debate ends and early voting begins — as the tweets keep flying (tweeting?) –  on the next-to-last Friday of the Pinellas County 13th Congressional District race.

Here is the day that was in the special election in CD 13:

Spoiler alert! — “Little sparks in final #CD13 debate” was the tweet by Creative Loafing’s @clmitchperry as WEDU PBS hosted the third and final appearance by all three candidates for Florida’s 13th Congressional District race. David Jolly, Alex Sink, and Lucas Overby met as part of a special Florida This Week, the 30-minute debate moderated by host, Rob Lorei. See for yourself when the debate airs on WEDU at 8:30 p.m. and streamed online at

“Are there any sparks left to ignite in that race?” responded Peter Schorsch

Jolly on Fox News David Jolly was interviewed on Fox News saying Alex Sink’s immigration reform remarks at Tuesday’s Clearwater Chamber debate were “a certain amount of human bigotry” and the “typical attitude in the liberal elite establishment.” Jolly wouldn’t go so far as to say it was “racist,” but he certainly danced around that subject.

Why use one word when 25 will do?

Early voting begins! — Although more than 83,000 people have already voted by mail as of Thursday in CD-13, actual early voting begins Saturday, March 1. Not only is it the special election to replace the former U.S. Rep. C. W. Bill Young, but there are a myriad of municipal elections: Belleair Bluffs, Clearwater, Gulfport, Indian Shores, Kenneth City, Madeira Beach, Pinellas Park, Redington Shores, Safety Harbor, South Pasadena, St. Pete Beach and Tarpon Springs.

It’s the light at the end of the tunnel, and it’s not an oncoming train.

Trouble With a Capital J — The Washington Post took out Adam Smith’s slide rule and came to the same conclusion, that a 3-point Republican lead in CD-13 mail-in ballots spells trouble (with-a-capital-T) for David Jolly. “In a close race, everything matters. And when it comes to absentee ballots — which have mattered a lot in this district in the past — the advantage appears to be with Sink,” writes Sean Sullivan.

CD-13 Tweet of the Day — Did Alex Sink really duck out of spin room after #CD13 debate at @WEDUPBS? Guess she doesn’t want to answer about #maidsandmowers — @SaintPetersblog


Phil Ammann is a St. Petersburg-based journalist and blogger. With more than three decades of writing, editing and management experience, Phil produced material for both print and online, in addition to founding His broad range includes covering news, local government and culture reviews for, technical articles and profiles for BetterRVing Magazine and advice columns for a metaphysical website, among others. Phil has served as a contributor and production manager for SaintPetersBlog since 2013. He lives in St. Pete with his wife, visual artist Margaret Juul and can be reached at and on Twitter @PhilAmmann.