FL-Sen: Sink Reconsidering Bid
by Todd Beeton, Tue Dec 02, 2008 at 12:27:27 PM EST
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.