Sink attacks Jolly on Social Security, says she supports higher minimum wage
ST. PETERSBURG -- Pinellas Democratic congressional candidate Alex Sink spoke to about 60 residents and staff of the Bon Secours Maria Manor nursing home Tuesday and slammed Republican opponent David Jolly on Social Security.
She told the group: “My opponent, you just need to know, is a lobbyist. And he’s been lobbying for clients that advocate privatizing Social Security and advocate putting Medicare on a voucher system. And I say that is wrong.”
Also Tuesday, the Florida Democratic Party announced it would distribute flyers attacking Jolly on Social Security and Medicare.
But Jolly later said through a spokeswoman: "I've said from the beginning of this campaign we have to protect Social Security and Medicare for current and future beneficiaries - period. I'm on the record having opposed the Ryan budget. Alex Sink knows that and yet continues to mislead our community with dishonesty. Pinellas County deserves better than a Hillsborough politician who continues to spread falsehoods.
"What seniors in Pinellas deserve to hear is that Alex Sink's position on Medicare - through her embrace of Obamacare - is to cut Medicare by $700 billion dollars and reduce access to care for seniors through cuts to Medicare Advantage and cuts to reimbursements to hospitals."
In comments afterward, Sink also said she supports increasing the minimum wage, but did not say by how much. Jolly has previously said he did not think the minimum wage needed to be increased.
Sink, Jolly and Libertarian Lucas Overby are candidates in Congressional District 13, which extends from south Pinellas to Dunedin, with portions of southern and downtown St. Petersburg cut out. They are running in a March 11 special election, to fill the seat left vacant by the longtime Republican U.S. Rep. C.W. Bill Young, who died in October.