by Mitch Perry
The Democratic Campaign Congressional Committee has been hammering David Jolly hard for his lobbying history since he got into the contest to succeed the late Bill Young in Pinellas' CD13 seat, but Alex Sink has stood above the fray - until now.
In a new ad called "Solutions", Sink herself comments for the first time on Jolly's profession, saying, "If you want to go Washington to fix what's wrong with Washington, being a lobbyist is not the way to do it." She makes those comments after the announcer says that Jolly lobbied for a group that wanted to privatize Social Security and also to turn Medicare into a voucher program.
The DCCC has been busy issuing out press releases bashing the 41-year-old Jolly, who the Republican nomination for the seat earlier this month.
But it's not just the Democrats who are scrutinizing Jolly's work history. The Tampa Bay Times' Alex Leary reported on Friday that Jolly also lobbied for various groups who wanted a piece of the $862 billion American Recovery Act, a/k/a the stimulus bill. Nothing wrong with that, you might think, since Jolly no longer has to cater to the far right in this general election campaign.
Except that the National Republican Congressional Committee was poised to run an ad bashing Sink and the stimulus bill as "wasteful spending." Leary then reported this comment from Jolly's camp:
“David strongly opposed the stimulus bill because it represented additional debt spending we can't afford,” spokeswoman Sarah Bascom said. “Once President Obama and Nancy Pelosi decided however to spend nearly a trillion dollars, David fought to ensure the funding went to real priorities like funding for law enforcement to go after sex offenders, research to advance technologies for our warfighters, and broadband access for rural and low-income communities.”