The day that was in the CD 13 special election

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After all the excitement on Tuesday, by Wednesday, things may have quieted—a bit. But don’t let that fool you, in Pinellas County 13th Congressional District, the best is yet to come.

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

Cheers for making sense — In Tuesday’s Clearwater Chamber of Commerce CD 13 debate, the crowd cheered libertarian Lucas Overby for comments about out-of-control third-party attack ads back and forth between the camps of Democrat Alex Sink and Republican David Jolly. Overby has no budget for such nonsense, and he stood firm when asked about fact checking. “I don’t think I’ve made any wrong statements about either of these two,” Overby said. “We haven’t had to make any corrections. Actually, I don’t talk about these guys ever,” he said, looking at his two major party challengers.”

Cheers to Overby for taking the high road.

Sarasota dog piles on Sink – After Alex Sink’s comments on immigration reform – picked up first by SaintPetersBlog while initially ignored by everyone else — Creative Loafing’s Mitch Perry reports that the Sarasota GOP labeled blasted the video as “racist.” “Can you imagine if a Republican said this?” the press release asked.

Yes, we can.

Lay off the ACA, at least a little — is what some in the GOP warn, according to Karen Tumulty of the Washington Post. Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, vice chair of the Republican Governors Association and a possible 2016 GOP presidential contender, says the relentless pounding on Obamacare could “miss the mark.” If the GOP wants the majority, Jindal says the party must provide specific policy solutions, ideas for what to do differently. “I don’t think it is enough to say just repeal Obamacare,” he adds.

Hopefully someone is taking notes.

Follow the money? Where do yo start? — Kent Cooper of Roll Call is following the last-minute money moving around in the CD-13 race, and it is a lot. Jolly has already filed six 48-hour contribution notices, showing various members of Congress sending campaign contributions from a number of campaign committees and leadership PACs, compared to only one for Sink. In addition, Jolly reported individual contributions from areas such as New York, Florida, California, and the District of Columbia — including PACs for Lockheed Martin, Raytheon Company and the McAndrews and Forbes Holding, among others.

Less than two weeks left, and it is only going to get more exciting — or crazier, depending on how you look at it.

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.