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The guy behind 'Don't Bank on Sink'

So it seems the play-on-words, Don't Bank on Sink group has a spokesman, Stafford Jones, who also happens to be a former Alachua County Republicans chairman and self-described "grassroots" Republican.

When the Times/Herald called Jones to ask him about the statement he released Thursday denouncing the Democratic Sink's plans to run for governor, Jones was short on specifics about his group's origins or backing or what he does for a living. The group's Web site launched recently, and includes links to articles on Sink dating back to 1999.

"We are just a grassroots group," said Jones, that does not think Sink is "qualified to be governor." A qjuick Google search of Jones' name turned up a snapshot of his Facebook page, showing that he counts among his 'friends' Republicans including U.S. Senate candidate Marco Rubio, Reps. Chris Dorworth and David Rivera, and Sen. Carey Baker.

The Jones statement called CFO's tenure over NationsBank and Bank of America "reckless" and "obsessive," to which Sink campaign spokeswoman Tara Klimek replied:

"This is the typical, old politics -- brought to you by the small sliver of narrow, partisan interests who like Tallahassee just the way it is."

And yes, we have 18 more months of all this...

[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 6:00pm]


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