Actually, Adam Smith, Alex Sink has sounded like a “reluctant” candidate for quite some time

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The Tampa Bay Times‘ Adam Smith blogged late Friday night about what he considered “a very astute comment that (he) hadn’t heard before during a discussion of whether Alex Sink is likely to run again for governor.”

The comment came from former Pinellas GOP chair Paul Bedinghaus, who remarked, “Alex Sink is a terrific lady and a very capable CFO. But when I’m voting for somebody, I don’t want to vote for somebody that’s a reluctant candidate. I want someone that has the passion in their gut to serve this state. So I think she really has to think that through. The image that she’s projecting is that she’s a reluctant candidate, and I don’t think that’s a winning formula.”

Am I missing something? Not about the part about Sink not having the passion to serve the state, but the novelty of Bedinghaus’ comments. Smith wrote that “he hadn’t heard” a comment like Bedinghaus’ before.


Read the February profile of Sink from Associated Press‘ Brendan Farrington. In it, Sink herself sounds like she’d be a ‘reluctant candidate.’

“Right this minute, if you’re asking me, it’s off the table,” Sink said. “I’m not prepared to say, `No I’m not,’ but I’m much further away from a run today than I was three months ago.”

I don’t expect Adam Smith to read everything I write, but after I read Sink’s comments in that AP piece, I wrote on Florida Voices that “the last place that poor, noble soul needs to be is on the campaign trail. Alex Sink is grieving. Alex Sink is hurting.”

Almost seven months later, I still hold that assessment of Sink. It sounds like my friend Paul Bedinghaus agrees with me. 

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