Early in the evening, you knew you had arrived at the Alex Sink gala by the rows of older-model sedans plastered with Jim Davis stickers in the FSU stadium parking lot. As more lobbyists arrived, so did the newer cars.
The Sink event had an exclusive "private party" room, two floors above the public event, mostly to reward big donors with free liquor. (They charged for liquor on the public party on the third floor.) Lots of lobbyists were spotted there. Sink went up to visit the room for about 20 to 30 minutes. Word is it got pretty warm and crowded.
The public party also drew a pretty good crowd, including dignitaries like Tallahassee Mayor John Marks, a couple of Tallahassee City Commission members, Sen. Al Lawson, D-Tallahassee and Sen. Burt Saunders, R-Naples. Karen Thurman, chair of the Florida Democratic Party was also there, as was her predecessor Tallahassee attorney Scott Maddox. The crowd was a mix of Tallahassee and Tampa Bay area Democrats and CFO office employees.
Best move all night: Bill McBride dancing with his daughter Lexy to the Doobie Brothers' "Listen to the Music." He dipped her so far that she nearly kissed the floor, but then he scooped her back up with a quick recovery.
Sink wore a stunning sequined cocktail dress, knee-length and navy in color with white stripes. Her husband wore a gray suit.