US Rep. Alex Sink? Not so fast
As one of Florida's most accomplished businesswomen and most prominent Democrats running against little-known Republican attorney and lobbyist David Jolly, the special election to succeed the late C.W. Bill Young in Congress should be Alex Sink's to lose.
And not for one second should you underestimate her ability to do just that over the next 56 days.
As in 2010 when she barely lost the gubernatorial race to Rick Scott, Sink faces a national political climate in this race sure to be dominated by national issues — especially an unpopular Affordable Care Act — and millions of dollars in national money. On top of that Sink, 65, seems to find campaigning as enjoyable as root canal.
As Florida's chief financial officer, Sink would freeze and then awkwardly flee when faced with unwelcome reporters' questions.
As the Democratic gubernatorial nominee in 2010, she was caught violating the rules during a CNN/Tampa Bay Times televised debate by receiving text message talking point tips from a lobbyist supporter. Sink managed to make the robotic Rick Scott look warm and fuzzy by comparison in those debates.
What's your biggest regret?, Sink and Scott were asked at one point.
"I think about the future. I think about — I'm thinking about the future of Florida and what I can do for Florida people, putting them back to work," Sink intoned.
Scott: "I would have more kids. I love my daughters. I would have had three or four."
MSNBC's The Daily Rundown show declared Sink the single worst candidate of 2010.
"Think about it: You lost to a guy who defrauded Medicare — in Florida! Okay? More people on Medicare perhaps in the state of Florida per capita than maybe any other state," host Chuck Todd marvelled.