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Rick Scott and Alex Sink have job-cutting track records



Florida's leading candidates for governor boast of savvy business experience and the ability to create jobs, but left unspoken is the fact that both left trails of pink slips behind as they blazed through the cutthroat world of corporate megamergers.

Democrat Alex Sink and Republican Rick Scott each worked for a company that eliminated an estimated 6,000 Florida jobs over their careers, according to a St. Petersburg Times/Miami Herald analysis of a decade worth of news reports, company records and hospital data from the 1990s. Scott accounted for at least 2,000 more job reductions in hospitals outside Florida, according to news reports.

Still, the strikingly similar job-loss numbers underscore how much the two have in common, even as they play up their differences in the campaign to lead a state where 1 million people can't find work and 1 in every 155 houses is in foreclosure. (story here)

[Last modified: Thursday, October 7, 2010 5:32pm]


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