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Jolly campaign says Sink failed seniors



   Pinellas Republican congressional candidate David Jolly is criticizing Democrat Alex Sink for touting her record for helping seniors. His campaign points to this article saying that while she was Florida's chief financial officer, her office allowed 11 insurance agents with felony backgrounds to be licensed. The state at the time oversaw about 527,000 insurance licenses.

   Jolly campaign spokeswoman Sarah Bascom said in a statement:

   “Alex Sink’s campaign may be trying to portray her as someone who has been fighting to protect seniors throughout her career, but actions speak louder than words, and in this case, her actions while serving as Florida’s CFO tell a completely different story. As CFO, Sink had the power and authority to protect Florida’s insurance market, our seniors and the general population from scams and predatory agents, but she instead did the opposite. This hypocrisy cannot go untold or ignored.”

   Sink's Campaign Manager Ashley Walker said in response: “These are the same discredited, Rick Scott style attacks that have already been rejected by Pinellas residents, and this is exactly the type of partisan finger-pointing that folks hate about Washington. Independent experts found that Alex did not have this type of broad authority to withhold licenses, and that under Alex, Florida’s licensing process was one of the most rigorous in the country."

[Last modified: Thursday, January 30, 2014 3:07pm]


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