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The hardest decision Alex Sink ever had to make - and w/out Bill McBride



She had hoped to decide by January. Then she said summer, which turned into September. All year, she had agonized: Should she run for governor again?

Finally, with time to launch a campaign running out, Alex Sink broke the news last Friday: She would not try in 2014 for the job she almost won in 2010.

Instead, she would continue to work with entrepreneurs through her Florida Next Foundation and support candidates "who I believe share my vision."

The announcement wasn't entirely unexpected. It was widely known that Sink's kids, both in graduate school in Gainesville, didn't want her to run. Neither did her 90-year-old dad. They knew how much money she would need, how ugly campaigns could be.

But there was another, more private factor that weighed on Sink's decision, and she thought about it every time she walked into her closet and forced herself not to look to the right.

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This is the story of Sink's nine months without her husband Bill McBride, the private journey of a public person working out her next role.

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[Last modified: Friday, September 27, 2013 5:16pm]


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