Last-minute Chamber ad blasts Alex Sink on Obamacare


Obamacare becomes the final issue for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in the Florida 13th Congressional District special election, with a new ad labeling Democrat Alex Sink a “rubber stamp” for House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.

The Chamber’s 30-second spot — “Defeat Sink, Rubber Stamp for Pelosi” — will continue until Election Day, March 11.

Blasting Sink for supporting President Barack Obama’s health care law, the ad is part of a $700,000 media buy spread out over several weeks. Attacking Obamacare is GOP move expected to take center stage during the upcoming midterms.

”We think it’s important that the voters of Pinellas County know where both candidates stand on issues that impact the Pinellas County economy … including Obamacare,” Chamber adviser Scott Reed told Maggie Haberman of Politico. “Sink supported Obamacare, which has resulted in hundreds of billions in cuts from Medicare and Medicare Advantage.”

Sink, the past Florida chief financial officer, opposed the Medicaid cuts the ad accuses her of supporting.

“This misleading ad is a wild distortion of Alex Sink’s position on the Affordable Care Act,” Sink spokesperson Ashley Walker told Politico. “Alex wants to keep what works and fix what doesn’t, and she opposes these cuts to Medicare Advantage.”



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