The Republican Party of Florida issued a broadside Wednesday against former Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink, accusing Sink of being a supporter of Obamacare from its earliest days – and attacking her presumed support for the law if she manages to win the congressional seat left vacant by the death of Rep. Bill C.W. Young in October.
The RPOF attack came a day after Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus locked horns with his Democrat counterpart Debbie Wasserman Schultz on CNN over Obamacare, and showed that in Florida, the GOP wants Obamacare to be part of every campaign in 2014. ( See video of the showdown, worth watching )
In a release, headlined “Sink takes money from Obamacare makers,” RPOF Chairman Lenny Curry pointed out Sink was heading to Washington on Wednesday for a fundraising event headed by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, who back in the bad old days of Democrat majorities in the House and Senate helped ram Obamacare down America’s throat.
“Nancy Pelosi is raising money for Alex Sink in Washington tonight to gain another supporter for bigger government. It comes as no surprise, since Sink supports policies like Obamacare even though Floridians increasingly oppose it the more they find out what’s in it,” Curry said in a statement.
The RPOF included a number of links reviewing Democrat Sink’s support for Obamacare, a program the White House has bungled so badly President Obama’s approval ratings are down to 40 percent, according to RealClearPolitics, which averages eight popular opinion polls.
(If black voters’ support for the first black president is factored in — virtually 100 percent and not going to change – along with the fact that most polls generally skew leftward anyway, that number is probably a good deal worse.)
In January 2010, Sink, then running for the Democratic nomination for governor, said, “We have to get health reform. What we’ve got now is not working,” according to the Sarasota Herald-Tribune.
In March, 2010, Sink offered qualified support for the newly passed bill – but she sounded a lot like someone who wouldn’t vote to get rid of it if she made it to Congress. “Though it is certainly not perfect, these long-overdue reforms are better than Washington continuing to do nothing to improve America’s health care system,” she said, according to the Tampa Bay Times (when it was still the St. Petersburg Times.)
Wasserman Schultz’s argument with Priebus on Tuesday notwithstanding – as well as her oft-repeated pledge that Democrats in 2014 will run on Obamacare instead of away from it – the RPOF has no problem with using the law – and authors of it like Pelosi — as a cudgel to beat Democrats at this point.
“Sending Alex Sink to Washington would be sending another vote for Nancy Pelosi extreme liberal agenda,” Curry said in the statement.