The day that was in the CD 13 special election

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Bill Clinton makes an appearance for Alex Sink, Mitch Perry does his best “Rowdy Roddy Piper” imitation, and ads, ads and more ads (some positive!) are the highlights in the Tuesday before the Florida 13th Congressional District race.

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

The Big Dog Barks in CD 13 — Former President Bill Clinton cut a robocall supporting Democrat Alex Sink, calling her a “proven leader” and “someone who will work across the aisle to get things done.” At the end of the call, listeners will have the option to “press 1 to commit to volunteer between now and election day.”

And press 2 for the “Hillary 2016” campaign.

Part-Timers — Of the 162 units in the Indian Shores complex where “full-time” Pinellas County resident David Jolly lives, only three people claim homestead exemptions, reports Susan Taylor Martin in the Tampa Bay Times. The rest are vacation rentals. A rider in the original mortgage shows Jolly also as a part-time resident, referring to it as a second home for “part-time” use only.

There’s a 50/50 chance Jolly will be there part time once again.

Ending on a High Note — In what will probably be her last TV ad, says Abby Livingston of Roll Call, Sink kept “a bipartisan tone in a positive spot,” that began running Wednesday. “Typically, campaigns save a final, positive spot to serve as a final impression for voters,” Livingston writes. “Ad spending in the Tampa-based 13th District is reaching atmospheric levels, but Sink is well-funded to compete.”

Always leave them wanting more … or laughing.

Paranoia Will Destroy Ya’ — Like “Rowdy” Roddy Piper in the John Carpenter classic “They Live,” Creative Loafing’s Mitch Perry is seeing anti-Sink messages everywhere. At an “Awake the State” rally in Ybor City’s Centennial Park Tuesday, Perry made this observation:  “But in what sounded like an attack on Pinellas Congressional candidate Alex Sink, (keynote speaker Clair) Connor said, ‘If we sit here as Democrats or non-radicals and say, Oh, let’s work together … How? How …”

CD 13 will soon be over, Mitch. Maybe you can take March 12 off.

Today’s number: 191 — are how many television ads run per day by the CD 13 candidates in the Tampa Bay market, according to Gregory Giroux of Bloomberg. “Democrat Alex Sink, Republican David Jolly and seven groups, Giroux writes, “together paid for ads that ran 2,668 times in a 14-day period ending yesterday (March 3) —  a rate of 191 ads per day.”


Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including,,, 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.