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Sink won't say who she hopes to face in general election



Alex Sink dodged questions about who she hopes to face in the gubernatorial general election this fall during a question and answer luncheon with political leaders in St. Petersburg today.

Asked by a Republican supporter who he should vote for to help her campaign, Sink said, “whoever you choose is fine with me.”

Sink was the marquee speaker during the Suncoast Tiger Bay Club lunch. She said the political sparring between Republican contenders Bill McCollum and Rick Scott could bring out more voters.

“Regardless of who the Republicans choose as their nominee this will be a very competitive race, a very competitive race, and actually because there is such an active Republican primary it has brought a lot more attention,” she said. “People now know there is a governor's race this year.”

Prodded further by the Buzz after the luncheon, Sink added, “It’s five months away. It’s irrelevant. I worry about things I have control over.”

Sink spoke at length about the troubles facing Floridians because of the BP oil spill. She gave a positive review of Gov. Charlie Crist’s response to the crisis—because he is listening to her, she said.

“Well, it is a tough situation. There is a lot to do and there is a lot that can be done,” she said. “Fortunately, I asked him to call for the small business administration to start disaster loans. He did that. I asked him to activate the Emergency Bridge Loan Program. He did that. At the cabinet yesterday, I asked him to consider if he calls a special session to broaden the scope so that we can look at some state policies that might provide aid to our small business owners.”

She added, “I’ll say that he has been great at taking many of my suggestions for how we can solve the problem.”

Sink was asked how she would respond to gay marriage legislation as governor.

“I don’t support gay marriage,” she said. “I think that is entirely a religious decision that individuals can make. I do support civil unions.”

That’s not good news for gay marriage proponents hopeful that a new governor would make changes. McCollum and Scott have also come out against gay marriage. Independent candidate Bud Chiles could not immediately be reached for comment. His position is unknown.

[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 10:42am]


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