Charles William Young, better known to many as Bill Young was first elected to the US House of Representatives in 1971, where he represented the people of the sunshine state of Florida. At the beginning of last October, Young was admitted to Walter Reed Hospital suffering from a broken hip and fractured pelvis. Young also suffered from a blood cancer concentrated in the bone marrow that caused his bones to become very brittle, which prevented the doctors from being able to surgically repair his hip and pelvis. Rep. Bill Young died on October 18 at the age of 80. At the time of his death, Young was the longest serving Republican in Congress.
Florida’s 13th District held their special election yesterday to send a replacement for Young to Congress. Nearly $9 million was spent by groups outside the district in the special election that is being billed as the first test of Obamacare in this year’s midterm elections.
The Democrats put up Adelaide Alexander (Alex) Sink who served as the treasurer for the Board of Trustees of the Florida State Board of Administration and then later she served as the Chief Financial Officer for the State of Florida. In 2010, Sink ran for governor and lost to Republican Rick Scott by a mere 1% of the vote.
A couple weeks ago, I wrote about Sink’s public statement about the need for immigration reform that should have turned off all Hispanic voters. At a recent campaign forum, Sink presented her reasons as to why we need immigration reform:
“Immigration reform is important in our country. We have a lot of employers over on the beaches that rely upon workers and especially in this high-growth environment, where are you going to get people to work to clean our hotel rooms or do our landscaping? We don’t need to put those employers in a position of hiring undocumented and illegal workers.”
Sink’s opponent in the special election is Republican David Jolly (no relation). Jolly is an attorney who served as general counsel for the late Rep. Bill Young. He fully supports the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms, pro-life, reducing government spending and lowering taxes, but perhaps the most important of his stands is his opposition to Obamacare.
The pre-election polls showed that the race was close. Some showed Sink in the lead by a couple percentage points and others had Jolly in the lead. Which political agenda won: immigration reform (so that we have hotel and lawn workers) or the repeal of Obamacare?
The results are in and Jolly defeated Sink 48.4% to 46.5%. His anti-Obamacare campaign won out over Sink’s immigration reform campaign. This could well set the tone for the fight over Obamacare in the rest of the 2014 midterm elections. In fact, it just may help Republicans regain control of the Senate as well as maintain control of the House. If that happens, Obamacare may soon be a nightmare of the past.