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Alex Sink rips Bill McCollum on Rentboy scandal

Alex Sink appeared this morning on the popular, sometimes raunchy, and increasingly topical Bubba the Love Sponge radio show in Tampa Bay where host Todd Clemm, aka Mr. Sponge,  gushed over Sink as a "breath of fresh air" and ripped into Bill McCollum over his role in the state hiring of antigay "expert" George Rekers, who was found to have hired a male prostitute to accompany him on a European trip.

"When Attorney General McCollum was asked why he would hire a man like this -- who previous courts had said that his testimony was no legitimacy -- his response was, 'Well it wasn't me who hired him. It was the Department of Children and Families, they hired the expert witnesses,' " Sink said after Bubba raised the issue. "Well, surprise, surprise, about two weeks later the Department of Children and Families said, 'Oh no that's not the way it was. We didn't want to hire this guy. The attorney general demanded that we hire the man,' and they produced a letter signed by the Attorney General McCollum himself. ...

"That sounds to me like a typical politician. He's faced with something, they try to sweep it under the carpet or lay the blame on somebody else when all along he was the one who agreed to hire this Rekers, whose testimony in previous cases had already been judged to be not relevant and not accurate. We don't need people in public service like that."

Bubba gushed that CFO Sink would never do something like that: "... Ms sink isn't that what you're all about, is being fiscally responsible? That's what you've done is cut corners and pinched pennies and been more financially and fiscally responsible."

Sink: "... These people get to places like Washington and Tallahassee -- that's what I've seen in the three short years I've been there -- those people in Tallahassee are out of touch, out of control."

UPDATE: McCollum campaign spokeswoman Kristy Campbell: "Alex Sink continues to overreach in her desperate attacks against Attorney General McCollum. Attorney General McCollum has been clear regarding the issues surrounding this case.  Under the leadership of Alex Sink, the Department of Financial Services has specialized in public relations stunts and questionable and wasteful spending. That is not the solid leadership Florida needs in these challenging times. "



[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 10:38am]


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