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The Charlie Crist-Alex Sink Kabuki dance

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September

cristsink.jpgAn image that speaks volumes about the potential looming Democratic gubernatorial primary between Alex Sink and Charlie Crist: Last night Sink and hubbie Bill McBride sat in the arena with Florida delegates watching the speakers.

Crist, meanwhile, was shmoozing in the luxury suites with the Democratic big wigs. We hear he also hung out at the Ritz for awhile with Kirk Wager, Florida Finance Chairman of the Crist campaign (who says he merely bumped into him at the bar, though "I do like him). Today CNN's Peter Hamby chatted with the former Republican as he left a DNC national finance committee meeting.

The former governor has steered clear of the delegates and party activists in Charlotte. Most of them show little enthusiasm for Crist, who generally show little enthusiasm for his running for governor, let alone getting a speaking gig on the final night of the convention. No, the enthusiasm for Crist mostly comes from the Obama campaign.

Sink still has plenty of support among the grass roots, though Obama advisers surely remember how she essentially blamed Obama for her loss two years ago.

Buzz asked Sink this morning about running against Rick Scott, and she said she is in no rush to make a decision.

"I've been very encouraged by being here, oh my gosh," Sink said. "A lot of people are telling me I should run."

The conversation went like this:

Q: I heard that a senior Charlie Crist adviser spoke to you in the last couple months and said Crist intended to run for governor.

Sink: (long pause). Charlie has a lot to think about...

Q: But did someone from his camp tell you that.

Sink: (long pause). I had a conversation with (Crist boss, personal injury lawyer John Morgan).

Q: And did he tell you Crist is running?

Sink: (pause). Nobody's told me definitively that Charlie Crist is going to run for governor."

[Last modified: Thursday, September 6, 2012 3:35pm]

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