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Gelber, Meek, Boyd, Klein on Sink

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January

Dan Gelber: "I was prepared to fully support Alex had she chosen the U.S. Senate seat as her next step in public life, and it is now my hope to share the ballot with her in 2010 as we work together as Floridians to bring real change to our state and restore the dream of a time past, when the state that we love was a beacon of a better life for anyone who seeks it. "Given this morning's news, I expect to officially enter the race in the coming weeks."

Kendrick Meek: "CFO Alex Sink will play a crucial role in Tallahassee in resolving Florida's financial crisis and tackling the foreclosure epidemic, and I will play a similarly crucial role in the U.S. Congress as the lone Democratic Floridian serving on the Ways and Means Committee. My hope was for the strongest slate of Democrats to appear on the 2010 ballot for statewide office, and with today's announcement by CFO Sink, Democrats will have an extremely strong ticket up and down the ballot in 2010."

Allen Boyd: "Alex Sink would have been a tremendous candidate for the U.S. Senate.  Florida is fortunate that she'll be staying on as CFO.  I've always said that the decision to run for the U.S. Senate is a personal one for me and does not hinge on what anyone else decides to do.  I love serving the people of North Florida in the House of Representatives, but I'm considering a Senate run because of the very serious challenges facing my fellow Floridians.  I'm not going to drag this out.  I'm very close to a decision and will make my decision public."

Ron Klein (to the Sun-Sentinel): "Having run a difficult race a couple of years ago, I understand what it takes to win in races that look like uphill battles. Florida is a very competitive state. It's trending Democrat more so than previously. (President-elect) Obama won the state, but it's a very competitive state. So I think it just has to be looked at very carefully and thoroughly and I'll make a decision when I get to the conclusion of the process.”

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[Last modified: Tuesday, September 14, 2010 4:13pm]

    

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