Democrat Alex Sink has swept the endorsements for governor from Florida's major newspapers — from Pensacola to Miami and both sides of Tampa Bay. Such enthusiastic unanimity among the state's editorial boards has not been seen for decades. Republican Rick Scott refused to talk with any editorial boards about his plans for Florida. The St. Petersburg Times recommended Sink, the state's chief financial officer, on Oct. 17. A sampling of what others around the state have said in their endorsements:
Pensacola News-Journal: The Medicare fraud cost Scott his job. Voters should not give him a new one. But that's not the main reason to support Scott's opponent, moderate Democratic candidate Alex Sink. Nor is Scott's total political inexperience. It is that Sink has a plan for Florida.
Florida Times-UNION (Jacksonville): This editorial page isn't known for suggesting Democratic Party candidates for governor in November elections. But we heartily support Florida Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink over Republican challenger Rick Scott as the superior choice.
ORLANDO SENTINEL: "No one can buy an election," says Mr. Scott. "People win elections based on the right ideas." If he's right, Ms. Sink will win, going away.
Naples DAILY News : This newspaper would be proud to point to a governor from Naples... We simply cannot see Rick Scott filling that role. We see Alex Sink as the leader that Florida needs for today and tomorrow.
MIAMI HERALD: Just as divided government — requiring bipartisan consensus to approve meaningful legislation — would benefit Washington, it should prove politically healthy in the state capital. The choice comes down to a smart, competent and conscientious public official with a good track record and a one-time business executive with a worrisome record.
Also endorsing Sink: Tampa Tribune, South Florida Sun Sentinel (Fort Lauderdale), Palm Beach Post, Florida Today (Brevard County), News-Press (Fort Myers), Sarasota Herald-Tribune, Bradenton Herald, Tallahassee Democrat.