Skip to comments.Dems warn of Koch groups' influence in Fla. special election
Posted on 01/22/2014 7:29:22 PM PST by Tailgunner Joe
National Democrats are expecting an influx of millions from Koch brothers-affiliated outside groups into the Florida special House election. And to prepare, Democrats are going on offense to frame Republican David Jolly as an out-of-touch Washington lobbyist, according to a new memo obtained by The Hill.
The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committees memo outlines the partys views on where Jolly stands heading into the March general election against Democrat Alex Sink to succeed the late Rep. Bill Young (R-Fla.), hammering him both for his lobbying background and the policies of the GOP.
While Jollys career as a Washington insider epitomizes exactly the kind of broken politics that Pinellas residents hate about Congress, his positions are just as bad, the memo reads.
Jolly won his Republican primary by supporting the unpopular Ryan budget that would end the Medicare guarantee as we know it and raise seniors costs and aligning himself with the fringe of his party and the very Koch brothers groups that will prop up his candidacy, it adds.
Jolly said during the primary that he would have to take a closer look at House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan's (R-Wis.) proposal before supporting it, and emphasized a need to protect Social Security and Medicare.
But Democrats believe if they can tie him successfully to the budget, which has helped them in past special elections, it will hurt his standing among seniors, who make up a significant part of the population in Floridas 13th District.
The memo goes on to characterize him as a Washington lobbyist who doesnt tell the truth, and suggests his decades spent working in government and lobbying and the fact he still has a house in D.C. make him a creature of Washington. And it charges that, unlike Young, he promotes rigid ideological positions, a quote from a Tampa Bay Times op-ed endorsing his primary challenger, state Rep. Kathleen Peters.
It also uses the words of his fellow Republicans against him, highlighting comments made from local GOP elected officials backing Peters.
A number of outside GOP groups privately indicated to The Hill a reluctance to spend on the race, with one strategist calling it an expensive problem to solve for a seat thats not a must-win. But Democrats believe Americans for Prosperity, a prominent Koch-linked outside group, will pour millions into the race in attacks on Sink.
To prepare for those attacks, Sink went up Wednesday with her first ad of the race, a positive bio spot that frames herself as a bipartisan problem-solver. And the DCCC memo is an early indication national Democrats will remain heavily on offense to pick up the seat, a perennial target that became truly competitive for Democrats with Youngs passing last year.
Jolly went up with a new TV ad on Wednesday as well, underscoring his conservative opposition to ObamaCare and immigration reform until there's more border security. He also paints Sink as beholden to D.C. interests and alludes to the fact she's from outside the district.
"My opponent wants to win this for Washington. I'm in this to win one for Pinellas," Jolly says in the ad.
Republicans believe opposition to ObamaCare in the district and nationwide will be Sinks undoing. They're expecting Democratic outside groups to spend heavily on the race, too.
Alex Sink is so desperate to distract from her support for Obamacare that she is dumping her millions on TV in the hope that Pinellas County voters will just forget, said National Republican Congressional Committee spokeswoman Katie Prill in a statement on Sinks new ad.
There is no doubt Sink and her Washington Super PAC cronies can buy a lot of fancy TV ads, but unless they can buy a time machine, they cant change the fact that Sink is a big supporter of a health care system that is hurting Florida families and seniors. At the end of the day, thats what this election is about," Prill added.
Sounds like a toss up between the Beast and the False Prophet.
The Koch Brothers will get you if you don’t watch out.
.... Hmmmmmm ..... what about all the Soros groups' influence in Fla. .... Should that be of concern too?
Wait a minute, isn’t Florida being boycotted by the left because of the Zimmerman verdict and stand your ground? Why are lib/progressive interlopers involving themselves in a local election in Pinellas Cty? Put your collective money where your mouths are and stay out and boycott us, PLEASE! As it is the traffic on US19 is hell.
Whenever I see a story about Democrats accusing Republicans of fixing elections I harken back to the scene in the Movie "The Warriors" where the leader of the Rogues guns down Cyrus and then he points to the leader of the Warriors and screams "There, he is the one who did it. The Warriors shot Cyrus!"
D-rats are ALREADY guilty of that which they accuse others.
Sink is a radical leftist.
Planned Parenthood has given her their “Choice Award”. She is backed by EMILY’s list, Rosa DeLauro’s (D-CT) radical group pushing for abortion on demand and so called “partial birth abortion” - and taxpayer paid.
She supports adoption by homosexuals.
She supports Obamacare.
Sink is the stink that won’t go away.
Funny, a big govt NAncy Pelosi clone is demonizing Big Govt DC!!
This seems to be the GOP's attitude about pretty much any race these days. I'm beginning to think they simply don't want to win.
The Koch Brothers are GOPe and so is Mr.Jolly. The candidate backed by Allen West lost the primary to Jolly.
The Koch brothers are also the boogie men for our races here in NH. Sen Jeanne Shaheen and Carol Shea Porter reference their evil , vile, chicanery in every fundraising email with narry a word about George Soros.