Alex Sink, the Democrat candidate for Congress in the Special Election in District-13, had a jovial concession speech. Shortly after the polls closed showing that she had lost by two percent, Sink addressed supporters to let them know that she had called her victorious opponent Congressman-Elect Dave Jolly (R-FL 13th) and thank her supporters. All of that is standard fare. However Sink's plucky peroration "[A]though we are disappointed, the bars are open--let's enjoy our friendship" is unusual in openly embracing drowning sorrows.
A more subtle detail about Sink's concession speech is the lack of fellow Democrat dignitaries on the dais. Sink was not a shot in the dark candidate. Sink was married to Bill McBride, a Florida politician who unsuccessfully ran for Governor in 202. In her own right, Sink had been Florida's Chief Financial Officer before gaining the Democrat nomination for Governor in 2010 and only lost in the general election by 1%.
Over $10 million was spent in this Special Election campaign and Democrats outspent unknown Jolly on negative television ads 4 to 1. Democrats sent high profile surrogates, including former President Bill Clinton, to campaign for sink. So much was invested in this race as Democrats considered it a must win since this Special Election was a test run for Democrat messaging for Obamacare. Sink campaigned that she would help fix Obamacare, whereas Tea Party inspired attorney David Jolly advocated complete repeal.
|Congressman-elect David Jolly (R-FL 13th)|