Wasserman Schultz tries to spin Florida loss as positive

Original post | 10:08 a.m.

Updated | 11: 28 a.m.

There’s so much spin emanating from Democrats on Wednesday, it would be easy to get a case of vertigo.

They’re attempting to convince people that their loss in the closely watched Florida special congressional election, in the St. Petersburg area, wasn’t really such a loss.


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True, it was a narrow loss. Republican David Jolly got 48.4 percent, Democrat Alex Sink, 46.6 percent, and Libertarian Lucas Overby 4.8 percent. But a loss is still a loss.

On MSNBC, the cable channel favored by Democrats, U.S. Rep. Steve Israel of New York, chairman of the party’s campaign committee push the theory that the results were good for Democrats because the special election was held in such a Republican district.

True, the seat was held for more than 40 years by the late Republican U.S. Rep. C.W. Bill Young. But President Barack Obama won the territory in 2008 and 2012 and Sink won it during her 2010 campaign for governor.

U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Weston, in her role as chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, offered this explanation of the results.

Republican special interest groups poured in millions to hold onto a Republican congressional district that they’ve comfortably held for nearly 60 years. Tonight, Republicans fell short of their normal margin in this district because the agenda they are offering voters has a singular focus - that a majority of voters oppose - repealing the Affordable Care Act that would return us to the same old broken health care system.

“While tonight Democrats didn’t win, we are proud of Alex and the race she ran based on a vision of opportunity for all and an agenda that would grow the middle class and protect Florida’s families.”

Of course if the roles were reversed, the Republican Party would be offering explanations and the Democrats would be asserting big significance to the win.

Here's the spin from Slade O'Brien, of Boca Raton, who directs the Florida chapter of Americans for Prosperity:

"Last night, Floridians sent a crystal clear message to candidates and elected officials alike who voted in favor of ObamaCare or still support it. The President's health care law is a total disaster that is hurting Americans from all walks of life, and those who continue to support it will pay a steep price."