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Alex Sink playing it safe at campaign's end



Democratic candidate Alex Sink appears to be playing it safe in the waning days of the highly watched Pinellas congressional election.

She has gone seven days without a general news conference, despite a high-profile media blitz with millions of dollars in campaign advertising from both her and Republican David Jolly.

Her last news conference was Feb. 26 to coincide with her turning in her mail ballot. While she appeared at a candidate forum Friday, she did not stay after to speak to the media as did Jolly and Libertarian Lucas Overby.

In an interview Wednesday, Sink denied taking a cautious approach in the last week of the race and stressed she wasn't avoiding the media.

"I have been all over the place" urging supporters to vote, she said, and also to "find every undecided voter that we possibly can." As examples, she said she went to the Saturday Morning Market in St. Petersburg, a festival in Pass-a-Grille and spent a few hours knocking on doors.

Asked if there was a reason her campaign was not announcing these events to the media, she referred the question to an aide.

"Alex is focused on talking directly with as many voters as she can and sharing her message of bringing Republicans and Democrats together to focus on solving problems that matter to Pinellas," said campaign manager Ashley Walker....

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[Last modified: Thursday, March 6, 2014 11:44am]


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