Sink rises to the top as CFO
By Alisa Ulferts and Aaron Sharockman, Times Staff Writers
Democrats broke the Republican Party's hold on the state Cabinet Tuesday as retired banker Alex Sink defeated Republican Senate President Tom Lee for the job of chief financial officer.
The GOP appeared to hold onto the other two Cabinet seats, however, as Bill McCollum took a lead over Walter "Skip" Campbell in his attempt to become the next attorney general. Agriculture Commissioner Charles Bronson easily turned back challenger Eric Copeland.
Sink's was the only statewide seat the Democrats were able to regain, but her win was a major victory for the struggling minority party. It also introduced Sink as a rising power in the Democratic Party.
"I will be the chief financial officer for all the people, as I said from the beginning," she said in victory. Lee called Sink to concede about 10:45 p.m.
"This isn't how I expected the night to end," he said, flanked by his daughter and son. "We ran a virtually flawless campaign. I've always felt she was the strongest candidate the Democratic Party had."