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February 10, 2016

EMILY’s List Backs Sink After Ditching Ehrlich in Florida Special Election

EMILY’s List, the organization that seeks to boost women who support abortion rights into elected office, endorsed former Democratic gubernatorial nominee Alex Sink on Thursday in the special election to replace the late C.W. Bill Young, a Republican, in Florida’s 13th District.

The endorsement comes one day after the organization removed a rival Democratic candidate — Jessica Ehrlich — from its website.

EMILY’s List had placed Ehrlich “on the list” earlier this year, before Young announced his retirement and then passed away shortly thereafter – a denotation that is often a precursor to a full-on endorsement from the organization.

The Sink endorsement made no mention of Ehrlich’s candidacy, and was announced just one day after Sink announced she is running in the special election to replace Young.

“Alex Sink has an outstanding record of public service and business leadership, and she’ll be ready to use her experience to fight for Florida in Congress from the day she takes office,” Stephanie Schriock, President of EMILY’s List, said in a release. “Alex has a long history of doing business in Pinellas County and working to improve the community for women and working families, which is probably why voters are already so excited about her leadership.”

EMILY’s List endorsed Sink’s 2010 gubernatorial bid in the Sunshine State.

Ehrlich has made no indication that she will drop her bid for the 13th District. A special election primary will take place Jan. 14, with a general election on March 11.

GOP political consultant Nick Zoller announced his bid for the seat earlier this month. Other Republicans are mulling runs as well.

Florida’s 13th District is rated a Tossup by Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call. President Barack Obama carried the 13th District with 50 percent in 2012.

  • Pat Geary

    Killing babies not a big winner in that district

  • JSPA

    Having a CFO–someone with real financial acumen–working on the side of the people is a real boon. And I’m pretty sure the district is competitive for her. There are enough libertarian types and independents who, along with the left, are happy to treat anything that happens inside one person’s body as that person’s business, to outweigh the “stop abortion at any cost” crowd (who also span party lines). Especially with so much data showing that economics is a real reason that people–including those who disapprove of abortion if asked on a survey–actually consider abortions, and go through with them.

  • Karena Bowers Morrison

    Keep in mind that there is another option in this Special Election. Lucas Overby, Libertarian, has been traveling the district since before he filed to run in February of 2013. I urge you to check out his platform, and be inspired by his commitment to the voters. Just a little insight… “Lucas is a lifelong resident of Pinellas County. He attended Lakewood High School’s Center for Advanced Technologies, becoming a member of the National Honors Society and graduating Cum Laude in 2004. While in high school he began working as a commercial diver, later attending Florida Atlantic University’s Ocean Engineering Program. He currently works as a commerical Dive Supervisor.

    Drawn to national action at a local level, Lucas began working in activism in 2003. He has worked with GSA, GLAAD, SOAR, NORML, PUFMM, and the Libertarian Party.

    In 2009 Lucas was blessed with the birth of his daughter Raegan. Inspired to new action and eager to help better the community his daughter will grow up in, Lucas founded “Take a District”; a group dedicated to voter education, establishing a multi-partisan dialogue on voter issues, and promoting individual involvement in local politics.

    Driven by these interests and the knowledge he’s gained, Lucas filed for candidacy for the U.S. House of Representatives in early 2013. He looks forward to meeting you, his future constituents, listening to your stories and concerns, and learning how he can best represent you.”

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