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Once 'embarrassed' by Joe Biden, Alex Sink now looks for his fundraising help

Alex Sink fundraiser with Vice President Joe Biden

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Alex Sink fundraiser with Vice President Joe Biden



Alex Sink will relocate her campaign to Coral Gables this evening to raise money alongside Vice President Joe Biden.

That she would go that far to be with Biden stands in stark contrast to her last run for political office. In 2010, Sink wanted little to do with him.

In the heated gubernatorial race with Rick Scott, she was the only statewide Democratic candidate to skip a Biden appearance in Hollywood.

"My focus has to be on Florida, on shaking lots of hands of Florida voters. And Vice President Biden is not a Florida voter,” Sink said then. “I know him. I can talk to him just about any time I need to speak with him.”

Sink also dissed Biden over a speech he made in Pensacola amid the BP oil spill. Sink characterized it as "a screw-up," saying she was "embarrassed" by his speech.

“It was just so off target and out of touch with the reality of what’s going on over there,” Sink said in a July 2010 interview with Politico at the Florida Democratic Party headquarters in Tallahassee.

Now, as then, Obama is a drag for Democratic candidates.

But Joe Biden remains popular. And Sink is comfortable enough leaving Pinellas County, where she’s faced carpetbagger accusations, to collect campaign money with him about 260 miles away.

“Alex Sink's flagging campaign needs money so desperately that she's traveling hundreds of miles from her adopted district to appear with someone she said she was ‘embarrassed’ by just a few years ago,” said Tim Miller, executive director of America Rising, a GOP research group.

Sink campaign spokeswoman Ashley Walker said: “Alex Sink agrees with the administration on some issues and disagrees on others. But what Alex is really focused on is bringing Republicans and Democrats together to get Congress focused on solving problems that matter, and taking the independent, moderate voices of Pinellas to Washington.”

[Last modified: Wednesday, February 12, 2014 2:13am]


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