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Deja vu: The coming attacks on Alex Sink



Get ready, Alex Sink, to face questions - again - about your stewardship of Florida's pension system. In 2010, the Rick Scott campaign used a series of St. Pete Times penion fund stories to bludgeon Democratic Chief Financial Officer Sink, who overees investments and retirement system policy along with the governor and other members of the cabinet.

Now that Sink is running to succeed the late C.W. Bill Young in a Pinellas County congressional seat, expect those attacks to reappear.

A reader tells Buzz she received a poll yesterday from the the Tarrance Group, a GOP polling firm that appeared to be testing message to use against Sink. Among the questions our reader recalled:

Would this make you more likely to vote for Sink or more likely not to vote for her?
**"While Alex Sink was CFO the State lost X amount of jobs"
**"While Alex Sink was CFO the state retirement funds lost million of dollars"
**"Alex Sink supports Obamacare"
**"The because of Obamacare 300.000 people lost their insurance"
**"Something about a fraudulent land deal in NYC" (Presumably this )
**"Gave bonuses to folks that were supposed to be watching the trust funds"

**"Bank merger cost hundreds of jobs and Sink and  others were given bonuses"

Not a singly one of these potential attacks will, or should, surprise the Sink campaign. But it's a reminder of how easy the oppo researchers for Republicans David Jolly and Kathleen Peters have it heading toward the March special election; They merely need to dust off Gov. Scott's negative campaign, while Democrats are starting from near zero in researching the little-known Republicans.

[Last modified: Tuesday, December 3, 2013 10:35am]


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