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AARP disavows anti-Jolly commercial



    The AARP wants to clarify that it didn't have anything to do with a new campaign commercial that attacks Pinellas Republican congressional candidate David Jolly and claims he wants to privatize Social Security.

   The commercial from the pro-Democrat House Majority PAC shows an AARP memo with the organization's logo featured prominently on the page.

   The group said in a news release:

   “We were not aware of, nor does AARP have any involvement with, any political campaign including the recent District 13 ad from the House Majority Pac that mentions AARP,” (Florida AARP State Director Jeff) Johnson said.  “AARP does not endorse candidates, have a political action committee (PAC), or make contributions to political campaigns or candidates.  We work with members of all political parties to help improve the lives of Americans and Floridians 50+.”

“We have a proud 28-year history of non-partisan voter engagement, providing voters with information on where the candidates stand on issues important to our members and their families, so they can make their own decisions on Election Day,” Johnson said.

   Johnson urged voters to research the candidates on their own because it's important to seek credible information on them. That's why AARP sponsored a recent debate, in cooperation with the Tampa Bay Times, Bay News 9 and St. Petersburg College,  between Jolly, Democratic Candidatge Alex Sink and Libertarian candidate Lucas overby.

   A spokesman for the group behind the commercial said Wednesday:  "House Majority PAC has the utmost respect for AARP's non-partisan, independent analysis which found that the type of privatization plan David Jolly lobbied for would eliminate the Social Security guarantee and reduce benefits."

   Jolly, however, has said the main thing he was lobbying for was to make sure Social Security is guaranteed; he also said Social Security benefits should not be reduced for anyone currently vested in the system.

   The special election is set for March 11.



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