Alex Sink comes to Tiger Bay, speaks out on Trayvon Martin incident, ducks questions about running again

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Alex Sink, former gubernatorial candidate and former CFO of Florida spoke at today’s St. Petersburg Tiger Bay Club at its luncheon held at the St. Petersburg Yacht Club.

While lots of talk encircled issues of economic development and education, Sink was most animated when asked about her take on Governor Scotts handling of the Trayvon Martin shooting in regards to the FDLE.

Sink said, “Most people don’t realize that the FDLE is not an agency of the governor but and agency of the cabinet.” Having cleared that up, Sink continued to describe how she would have handled the situation much differently from Governor Scott.

“I would have had [FDLE Commissioner Gerald Bailey] right in front of a cabinet meeting, right away, working with the FBI.” Sink shook her head and said that this tragedy is just one more thing giving Florida a bad name in the nation.

“It is tragic,” said Sink, “My heart bleeds for this family.” Sink explained that in her opinion, if this had been a black man with a gun shooting a 16-year-old white boy, then the shooter would be in jail.

Sink said that if she were the governor, her message to Floridians would be clear, “be calm; justice will be done.” Sink said that one of the first question she had was, “A young man with a bag of Skittles and a can of iced tea—what was he doing there? He belonged there.”

The most common question for the day surrounded whether Sink intends to run for office again, and she is not letting anyone in on her thoughts about that. Sink explains that she has had her name on the ballot three times, and now she has just one singular message to give, “I have learned never to say never, and that I want to do something that makes a difference and helps other people.”

When Sink was asked if she did not run again for Governor, would she endorse Crist. She answered, “I would evaluate… and support whoever shares my values.”

Sink did offer candid criticisms about the current GOP candidates, saying, “Can you believe that the contest for the Presidency of the United States is about birth control?” She continued, “Their slogan is less taxes, more freedom and they want to be in my bedroom telling me what I can do? The real issues are the economy, education, the environment and energy policy.”

By Daphne Taylor Street, city and county correspondent. You may contact Daphne at [email protected].

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