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How Sink, McCollum are out of Crist's league

Interesting to see how three of our most senior politicians respond when a three-time Pulitzer prize winning investigative reporter like Sydney Freedberg asks to talk to them about transparency at the State Board of Administration they oversee.

Bill McCollum, who at least used to see himself as a sophisticated investor, would not come to the phone. Nor would Alex Sink, the former banking executive who casts herself a financially savvy public watchdog. 

And Gov. Charlie Crist? Happily took a few minutes to talk up the importantace of openness and acceessibility: "I would encourage all at the SBA to communicate in plain language," said Crist. "They get into a lot of sophisticated financial dialogue, but from my perspective, it's incredibly important to communicate in a way that's understandable — especially in a time of economic turmoil, when people would have an increased concern about their financial well-being.''

[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 5:58pm]


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