The day that was in the CD 13 special election

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On Sunday, the Associated Press gave a “CD 13 for Dummies” summary, Emily’s List calls the GOP candidate “terrifying,” and David Jolly’s mom reminisces about his younger days.

So grab a box of Vanilla Wafers and get comfortable, because …

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

CD 13 in a nutshell — A “CD 13 for Dummies” from the Associated Press via Politico: “The candidates are Alex Sink, Democrat, and David Jolly, Republican, but Obamacare is on the ballot in a big way in a competitive House race in Florida that offers a preview of the nationwide campaign for Congress this fall. … The race to serve the balance of [the late Rep. C.W. ‘Bill’] Young’s term has attracted outside groups on the left and the right even though evidence is spotty at best that …  special elections can predict which party will win [fall fights] … Early voting by mail points to a close race. …” Just about sums it up.

Not scary, terrifying – is how Emily’s List “research director” Kate Black described David Jolly in an email to American Spectator contributor Larry Thornberry. Take a deep breath, says Thornberry. “After all, candidate Dave Jolly is hardly a movement conservative,” he writes. “He’s a standard center-right guy who makes the right noises about entitlement reform, but if he has plans to end our calamitous over-promising and unaffordable future, he has kept them to himself.” He adds that Alex Sink is an “off-the-rack liberal.” He recommends Katie get a night light.

Independent thinker – Political editor Adam Smith reports in Sunday’s Tampa Bay Times that Republican Pinellas County Commissioner Susan Latvala endorses Democrat Alex Sink, instead of fellow GOP’er Jolly.

“I am supporting Alex Sink because Pinellas County needs a voice in Congress who will represent all of the citizens of Pinellas County,” Latvala said. “Congressman Bill Young worked with both parties and knew how to get things done. Alex is a moderate who will reach across the aisle and bring Republicans and Democrats together to get things done for us.” Latvala also endorsed Rick Kriseman for St. Petersburg mayor last year. 

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