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Alex Sink says she knows what she's up against

Asink MIAMI BEACH — Seven years ago, Bill McBride stunned his wife, Alex Sink, by saying he wanted to challenge Jeb Bush for re-election. "It was kind of, 'do you know what you're getting yourself into,' " recalled Sink, who wound up throwing herself into that campaign only to see her husband lose handily.

Now it's Sink running for governor, and the odds look considerably better for her than her husband in 2002: There's no bruising Democratic primary, no popular incumbent to unseat, a revitalized Democratic Party and a likely rival, Attorney General Bill McCollum, with a serious charisma deficit.

But, as Democrats gathered in Miami Beach this weekend to anoint Chief Financial Officer Sink as their newest superstar and best shot at winning Florida's most important office since Lawton Chiles, one had to wonder if Sink fully understands what she's getting herself into.

The hype will be hard to live up to. (Story here)

[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 6:03pm]


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