FL-Sen: Sink Reconsidering Bid

Jonathan reported last night that Florida CFO Alex Sink announced her intention to run for re-election rather than challenge Mel Martinez for his Senate seat. Now that Martinez has decided not to run again, however, Sink may be reconsidering.

From The St. Petersburg Times:

U.S. Sen. Mel Martinez's abrupt decision to not seek re-election could have a titanic effect on Florida politics. Here's one of the first signs: Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink, who would be considered a formidable Democratic candidate, is reassessing.

Politico.com quoted an anonymous source Monday as saying Sink would seek re-election as CFO, rather than run for governor or Senate in 2010, and hours later, Martinez announced he won't run. The Florida Democratic Party was expected to issue a statement Tuesday confirming that but it didn't happen. Said Sink's spokeswoman, Tara Klimek: "I can tell you that she's not ready to talk about her future."

The reason the question of whether Sink is in or out is so crucial:

Sink beat Republican Tom Lee in the 2006 CFO race. She has 28 years of banking experience, is from the vital I-4 corridor, and is well-liked in the business community. A Sink candidacy would narrow the field of Democratic candidates in a hurry.

Tags: alex sink, FL-Sen, Mel Martinez, Senate 2010 (all tags)

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2 Comments

She announced her "intention,"

not "attention."  Please correct, Todd.

by DaveG 2008-12-02 01:18PM | 0 recs
Re: FL-Sen: Sink Reconsidering Bid

It is somewhat shocking at least to me that Martinez is retiring. I am certainly thankful but it would have been delicious to have defeated him at the ballot box.

by Charles Lemos 2008-12-02 03:46PM | 0 recs

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