By Alexandra Jaffe - 01/16/14 12:40 PM EST
National Republicans are launching a paid online attack against Florida Democratic House candidate Alex Sink focused on her use of a taxpayer-funded airplane.
It’s the first effort from the national party to boost their candidate, former Rep. Bill Young (R) staffer and lobbyist David Jolly, in a race that looks like a difficult lift for the GOP to hold, in part because of Jolly’s candidacy.
Democrats have already been out hammering Jolly for his lobbying background, and Republicans admit that that baggage makes it more difficult for them to focus on ObamaCare and Sink’s record as chief financial officer of Florida, which they see as winning issues in the swing district.
“What’s behind Alex Sink’s friendly smile? A long record of wasting taxpayer money,” a narrator says in the ad.
“Now she wants to jet off to Washington to be our congresswoman? Alex Sink: She’s no friend of the taxpayer,” the narrator closes.
According to an NRCC aide, the ad is being pushed to Pinellas County voters online with a six-figure video network buy.