Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Is Alex Sink planning a rematch with Gov. Rick Scott in 2014?

Alex Sink is starting to sound like someone who soon may decide to start considering the possibility of a possible second run for governor of Florida.

Forgive the wiggle room included in the above sentence, but it only reflects the space -- or rope, if you prefer -- Sink is leaving herself as she answers questions about whether she is preparing for a rematch against Gov. Rick Scott in the 2014 election.

After all, in 2010, she lost by only 61,000 votes to Scott, who had to spend $73 million of his own money to achieve such a narrow victory, and remains unpopular with most Floridians.

Steve Bousquet of the Tampa Bay Times tries to pin Sink down in a new column:

Alex Sink feels regret. 
That's understandable when you come within 1 percentage point of being elected governor of Florida. 
The Democratic former chief financial officer lost the 2010 race for governor to Republican Rick Scott by that margin. 
She lost by 61,550 votes out of more than 5 million cast, in a year that was disastrous for Democrats, not just in Florida but all over the country. 
"Some days I wake up and I think, 'Why couldn't I find those extra 60,000 votes?' " Sink says.  
"And with a great sense of regret that we didn't get the Democratic turnout, particularly in South Florida. It was very low. But then the next day, I wake up and say, 'How in the hell did I come so close?' " 
Sink lost to a political neophyte who spent $73 million of his own money, most of it on TV ads, and whose popularity remains low. 
Sink is back on the speaking circuit. She has launched a nonprofit think tank, the Florida Next Foundation (FloridaNext.org), to promote a Democratic agenda on issues affecting families and small businesses. 
Lately, she sounds like she wants a rematch with Scott. 
"Of course, I've thought about it," Sink said. "Many, many people are encouraging me. Even strangers who I've never met before would like to see me back."
Read the whole thing here.

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