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Alex Sink: Still fired up to beat Rick Scott and unsure about running



Former Chief Financial Officer and 2010 Democratic gubernatorial nominee Alex Sink had expected to decide by Sept. 1 on whether to run for governor again. It may take a little longer.

"I'm anxious to make a decision," she told Buzz today. "It's a matter of weeks."

Sink, 65, just returned from a family vacation in the Bahamas, and is now heading off on a "girls trip" with friends to Montana.

She sounds genuinely undecided. As she mentions family and personal considerations it's easy to conclude she's leaning against a run, which is what much of Florida's political world suspects.

"My kids are not enthusiastic about it, and my father is definitely not enthusiastic about it," the ex-banker said, referring to her charming and colorful father, Kester Sink of Mt. Airy, N.C., who is 90 years old and whose health is often on the minds of Sink and her sister.

But then the conversation turns to Gov. Rick Scott, and Sink sounds primed for another campaign.

"It's going to come down to a very personal decision, and the thing that keeps me interested is that every single day I read another headline about something else this governor has done that is ridiculous and stupid and not in the best interest of Floridians," she said. "I can't tell to you angry I am that the people of Florida have to endure this failed leadership."

Apologizing for "ranting," she refers to a recent Tampa Bay Times story about Scott approving $10-million in state funding for a rowing center in Sarasota after vetoing state funding for the center.

"What does it take to get his support? $210k in contributions."

"And today's news," she continued, "is that 20 children have died in the last four months. Twenty children! Twenty children under the care of DCF have died and (Scott) hasn't said peep about it? He just doesn't understand leadership."

Her anger and disgust following the news of Florida daily "is what keeps me interested in running, along with all the people who are calling and encouraging me."

She assumes Charlie Crist will also seek the Democratic nomination but said his announcement has nothing to do with her decision or the timing of it.

"It's more about whether it's the right time in my life right now, and whether it's the time and the right race for an enormous undertaking."

[Last modified: Tuesday, August 20, 2013 4:13pm]


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