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Alex Sink won't run for gov

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September

After months of flirting with another campaign for governor — and trashing likely Democratic frontrunner Charlie Crist — Alex Sink has decided to stay on the sidelines.

"I'm enjoying the possibility of making a difference in private life," Sink, 65, said Friday citing her foundation, Florida Next, which focuses on promoting entrepreneurs.

Sink's decision not to run was widely expected in Florida political circles, as she showed little sign of putting together a campaign and was up front about her ambivalence and her family's opposition. But until Friday the former Bank of America leader and former state chief financial officer continued to keep the door open and several times pushed back her deadline for announcing a decision.

"There were many factors," said Sink, who made up her mind last weekend at a family gathering in North Carolina to celebrate her father's 90th birthday.

"There wasn't one thing, but I felt it was time to give an indication because anyone running for an office like governor, especially on the Democratic side, has to be thinking about putting together the resources and it takes time to raise money," said Sink, whose decision was complicated by the sudden death late last year of her husband, Bill McBride, the Democratic gubernatorial nominee in 2002.

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