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Democrats robocalls claim Jolly wants to privatize Social Security



   Thousands of senior citizens in Pinellas County are about to get some scary robocalls from the  Florida Democratic Party, claiming:

   Hi this is Greta from the Florida Democratic Party. Washington Lobbyist David Jolly’s radical repeal of the Affordable Care Act would bring back the Medicare Prescription Drug Donut Hole, forcing seniors to pay more for medicine – eliminating 186 million dollars in savings for hundreds of thousands of seniors in Florida alone. That’s why USA Today wrote that Lobbyist Jolly’s “repeal would mean higher costs.”
But that’s not all: Lobbyist Jolly also supports privatizing Social Security, which could force seniors to gamble with their retirement on the stock market, and Jolly even praised the Ryan Budget that turns Medicare into a costly voucher program. Pinellas seniors just can’t trust Washington Lobbyist David Jolly. Paid for by the Florida Democratic Party. (727) 483-3764.

   Jolly does want to repeal "Obamacare," but says some of the consumer protection aspects of the law should be saved. As to privatizing Social Security, Jolly has said the benefits of the program should actually be guaranteed for people who are getting Social Security now, and even for people his age (41) who have been promised they'll get it in the future. But he has also said long-term reforms are necessary in entitlement programs, which could possibly include private accounts for individuals. But those changes would only apply to people who have been in the workplace for less than 10 years.

   Jolly spokeswoman Sarah bascom said in response: "Alex Sink will try any tactic in order to hide her support of Obamacare and its devastating $716 billion cuts to Medicare. Seniors know sending Sink to Congress would be harmful to Pinellas County. While Alex Sink hides behind these attempts to distort David Jolly’s record, she is showing her true partisan colors by promising her willingness to give a blank check to Obama and Pelosi.”

   Meanwhile, both Jolly and Democrat Alex Sink have been announcing some new endorsements,

   Jollys's campaign today announced the endorsement of the National Federation of Independent Business.

   “David Jolly understands the challenges facing Florida’s small, family-owned businesses and is the clear choice in the special election to represent the 13th District in Congress,” said Bill Herrle, executive director of NFIB/Florida.  He also said Jolly "began several Florida-based small businesses and dealt with the same challenges facing our members. As a result, he founded the Florida Federal Contractors Association and worked to stop project-labor agreements so that small businesses could have equal opportunity to bid for jobs.”

   Sink also recently announced the support of the International Association of Firefighters Local 747 and the Florida Professional Firefighters.
“The Florida Professional Firefighters are proud to endorse Alex Sink for Florida’s 13th Congressional District,” said Jim Tolley, President and CEO of Florida Professional Firefighters. “Florida’s firefighters were honored to have worked along side Alex during her years of service as Chief Financial Officer and Fire Marshal – when she was a champion for the values that firefighters and first responders believe in and practice every day: putting aside useless finger pointing to solve problems.  We know that she is committed to fighting for Pinellas County’s first responders, who have made the protection of life and property their life’s work.”

     Jolly, Sink and Libertarian Lucas Overby are running for the open Pinellas congressional seat. The special election is March 11.

[Last modified: Thursday, February 6, 2014 3:17pm]


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