Belleair, FL -- The three GOP candidates running for C.W. Bill Young's Congressional seat passed on the chance to go after each other during a forum hosted by the Belleair Women's Republican Club on Friday.
Instead the two leading Republican candidates blasted Democrat Alex Sink.
David Jolly told the group attending the event that the former state CFO would be loyal to the Democratic National Party and not the people of Pinellas County if elected. He made the statement after claiming Sink was handpicked by her national party to run for the Congressional District 13 seat.
"When it comes down to who's going to vote for what, the loyalty of Alex Sink, and I don't say this with any disrespect, it's not going to be to the people of Pinellas County it's going to be to the Democratic National Committee," Jolly said.
State Representative Kathleen Peters who is also running to replace Young blasted Sink, as well noting the Democrat just recently moved into Pinellas County from eastern Hillsborough.
"How can Alex Sink even think that she can come into this county and know us? She can't," Peters said.
"You need to know your community, you need to know its characteristics and its charm and what our assets are and where we're weak because how are we going to strengthen it if we don't even know where are weaknesses are?"
A spokesperson for Sink responded by saying; "This kind of partisan bickering and finger pointing is a distraction from the issues important to Pinellas families, and is exactly the type of dysfunctional politics that Alex Sink is running to change."
"Alex is committed to bringing Republicans and Democrats together to break the gridlock in Washington and solve the problems that matter most - putting Pinellas over politics," Ashley Walker added.
Friday's forum at the Belleair County Club also included Republican candidate Mark Bircher.
Jolly, Peters and Bircher will face off in a Republican primary on January 14th.
The winner will face Sink and Libertarian Lucas Overby in the March 11th General Election.
Financial reports released this week show Sink has already raised more than a million dollars, which is more than all three Republican candidates combined.