The District 13 race: Local boy vs. machine-backed outsider

By Chris Ingram

The Tampa Tribune, January 25, 2014

On Wednesday, I sat down for lunch with David Jolly. Despite his jeans and untucked button-down shirt, he looks like a congressman. He has a low-key and modest demeanor, but his personal style doesn’t make him a slouch. Although no freshman member of Congress from Pinellas County (or Hillsborough, for that matter) could fill Bill Young’s shoes, Jolly is the most qualified and prepared to hit the ground running.


Photo: Sink and Jolly. (campaign photos)

For her part, Alex Sink, the hand-selected candidate of Democratic Party leaders in Washington, looks good on paper (other than she’s not from the district), but as a campaigner, she’s more awkward than Miley Cyrus teaching an etiquette class. The party bosses must have forgotten Sink’s lackluster personality is why Rick Scott is governor. What they didn’t forget was a good Web URL. Just 14 hours after Young’s passing was announced, the URL being used by the Sink campaign was secured.

Although Sink’s folksy new television ad starring herself and her father is great at trying to break her detached image as a clone of the Democratic Party bosses, putting lipstick on a mule doesn’t hide the mule.

The gentlewoman from Hillsborough County’s carpetbagging aside, the issues in this campaign likely favor Jolly, not Sink. Voters are fed up with the heavy hand of government, specifically Obamacare. A Quinnipiac survey of voters nationwide, released last week showed 55 percent oppose the quagmire legislation that has defined the president. A poll of District 13 voters showed even greater disapproval.

As Slate political reporter Alex Isenstadt noted, “Sink’s message — that Obama ‘failed us’ but the law should be fixed, not repealed — is the universal Democratic credo.”

If voters think the same Washington Democrats who gave us Obamacare and who anointed Sink can be trusted to fix it after all the assorted lies, incompetence and empty rhetoric that followed its passage, they shouldn’t be surprised when Congresswoman Sink does nothing.

For the record, Jolly supports repealing the failed Obamacare legislation.

That Sink is wrong on the issues explains why she’s going to run a character assassination-driven campaign. Specifically, she’ll do this by (Click here to read the full column in today’s Tampa Tribune).

Chris Ingram is the president and founder of 411 Communications a corporate and political communications firm, and publisher of Irreverent View. Ingram is a frequent pundit on Fox News and CNN, and has written opinion columns for the Washington Times, UPI, and National Review online. He is the Republican political analyst for Bay News 9, the only 24 hour all news channel in Florida’s largest media market. The opinions expressed here are those of author and do not represent the views of Bay News 9. E-mail him

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7 Responses to “The District 13 race: Local boy vs. machine-backed outsider”

  1. Richard Says:

    Spot on analysis Chris. I hope you’re right.

  2. Jim Says:

    Great article Chris! You need to Also mention she is a carpetbagger WHO could care less about Pinelllas.

    When she was a fat cat banker she ignored my repeated requests for assistance on a problem and now she wants votes from the same unwashed electorate. Amazing how the shoe is always tighter on the other foot.

    Hey, the porch offer still stands, out neighborhood would love to meet you!


  3. Mark G Says:

    Would loved loved to be at that lunch (and not just cuz I like Crabby Bill’s)!

    Good advice on not avoiding the lobbyist label. I was going to tell Jolly the same thing had we ever met. Aside from being defensive, it just gives the media a place to keep digging. Shutting that angle down before it can go anywhere is his best bet. As for the Sink carpet bagging angle, don’t waste too much time on that–I would just jokingly refer to how it seems like she’s shacking up with Pinellas County in an apartment first to see how it works out before committing to us.

  4. DM Says:


    Your 25 January 2014 Tampa Tribune article on The District 13 race is well put. The irritating part of Ms. Sink’s folksy television ad is her assertion that she will work well with Republicans. In fact Republicans since 1960 have more than less gone along with the Democrat’s strong central government Marxist agenda. Only for a short time in the 90’s and the last two years have Republicans attempted to turn our Nation away from an international socialist’s agenda and return it to a three branch Federal Constitutional Republic. An examination of the Democrat’s goals and objectives would show that they have been CPUSA stand-ins advocating for a world wide Comintern.


  5. Capt Matt Bruce Ret Says:

    I couldn’t agree MORE with this article! Alex Sink has a proven track record as FL CFO under then Governor Charlie Crist and what happened to our State’s economy, the housing crisis and unemployment going UP! Do you think Alex Sink will even mention that? Most of us haven’t forgotten it or the fact that she doesn’t live IN Pinellas County. Keep up your good work, Chris…

  6. Tom Rask Says:

    We should be careful about using the carpetbagger label, as it can be used against e.g. Allen West. If we just focus on policy and behavior, that will suffice.

    Speaking of behavior: Alex Sink was campaigning at at least one Veteran’s Day event. People saw her do it. It was pretty tawdry, since Veteran’s Day is all about the veterans, and nothing else.

  7. Steve Says:

    I have criticized your columns in the past.
    I am, if nothing else, a fair man.
    I loved this column and thought it was spot on.
    When people criticize Governor Scott – I ask them to name one thing he has done that is so bad. Other than turning down the bullet train money (which I applauded and argue with them about) – people generally cannot name anything that he has done that they object to.

    Again – great column.

    Steve M

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