The day that was in the CD 13 special election

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In Pinellas County’s 13th Congressional District on Wednesday, you can’t “swing a cat” without hitting something politically compelling happening in the race.

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

Walking Dead in CD 13 — Curtis Krueger reports in the Tampa Bay Times that a mailing from a group called WOMEN VOTE! blasts David Jolly with a distinct “Walking Dead” theme, complete with “zombie” lobbyists holding Jolly signs. How will that play in Pinellas County, formerly known as “God’s waiting room?”

Home is where the votes are – Krueger also interviewed Sink for Wednesday’s Times, where she repeatedly insisted she “knows Pinellas” despite her short time as an honest-to-goodness resident. “I wouldn’t be doing this if I didn’t feel that I had a connection with the district,” she said. Sink told Kruger (and I’m paraphrasing here) that she “couldn’t swing a cat without hitting someone she knows in Pinellas County.” On second thought, it may have been a dog.

Say it ain’t so, Joe — Vice President Joe Biden jumps (once again) into the CD 13 fray, reports the Daily Caller, with a byline in a Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) email criticizing David Jolly, whom Biden called “Tea Party Republican.”

“I don’t have to tell you about what kind of nasty attacks are being aired against Alex,” the email says. “It’s straight out of the Tea Party playbook: misleading facts, distortions, and yes — a whole lot of malarkey.” That’s one way of looking at it.

Operators standing by — Alex Sink hit the phones today with a pair of Pinellas County Republicans for a bipartisan “Republican-to-Republican” phone bank. Sink enlisted Seminole Vice Mayor Thomas Barnhorn and business owner Alan Bomstein, both Republicans, to reach out to some of “their own.” Imagine … GOP telemarketers!

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