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Kathleen Peters and David Jolly are at each other’s throats over negative mailers

By on December 14, 2013
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It’s punch and counter-punch in the GOP primary between David Jolly and Kathleen Peters in the special election in Congressional District 13.

After Jolly struck first with a direct mailer featuring a pictures of Peters with Democrats Barack Obama and Alex Sink and labeling it, “… Pinellas County’s worst nightmare…,” Peters took to Facebook on Saturday afternoon to decry Jolly’s mailer as “ridiculous.”

“Jolly is shamelessly attempting to tie Alex Sink’s support of this law with my position,” Peters writes. “I want to repeal the Affordable Care Act, but at the same time, we have to have a viable option to replace the law.”

Jolly’s mailer says he would “repeal Obamacare,” while saying Peters and Sink would keep Obamacare, which Jolly’s mailer contends would lead to “skyrocketing insurance premiums” and “life-saving treatments cancelled.”

The mailer also says that Sink “stands with Obama’s failed health care agenda,” while Peters “refuses to ‘take a stand’ to repeat Obamacare.”

Peters says Jolly is taking a portion of something that she said out of context regarding her stance on the Affordable Care Act.

 “I do not support a law that puts the government between patients and their doctors,” Peters writes. “That is why as a member of Congress, I will work to repeal and replace Obamacare.

For his part, Jolly told the Tampa Bay Times that the mailer is “a contrast piece” — illustrating that he flatly states he would vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act, and Peters does not.