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Crist gave Sink $1,000 donation





Not long ago Alex Sink said Charlie Crist would be a "disaster" candidate for governor but Crist still cut her a $1,000 check for her U.S. House race, records show.

Crist's donation (h/t Sunlight Foundation) added to $1.1 million Sink pulled in, a formidable number as she tries to capture Bill Young's former seat for Democrats.

National Republicans today were highlighting the contributions Sink got from 30 Democratic members of Congress, including Steny Hoyer, Nancy Pelosi and Debbie Wasserman Schultz, branding them "the creators of Obamacare."

Sink's disaster comment came in a June interview with the Tampa Bay Times, and when she was still considering running for governor. From the story:

Sink will decide by Sept. 1, but she sounded nothing like a retired politician merely intent on keeping her name in the mix. She spoke angrily about the direction of the state under Gov. Scott — "I mean, pick a day. Read the newspaper. This governor's incompetent" — and was nearly as revolted by the prospect of Crist as the Democratic nominee.

"A disaster" is how she described the possibility.

The campaign against former Gov. Crist would be brutal, she said, noting the job losses during his term, flip-flops on issues, "plus all the stuff that hasn't been written about yet, about the Republican Party fiasco, about Jim Greer, about the party in the Bahamas," she said, referring to Crist's hand-picked GOP chairman, now in prison for stealing party funds and who was accused of hiring prostitutes at a fundraising retreat Crist attended.

[Last modified: Monday, January 6, 2014 11:53am]


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