Alex Sink watches and waits

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Alex Sink has kept a somewhat low profile in the race for Florida’s next governor, but in an interview with FOX 13 Thursday, she came out swinging with harsh words for her Republican opponents.

For example, talking about Rick Scott:

“Rick scott is a failed businessman who ran a company that cheated the government,” she said.

And Bill McCollum?

“Career politician, 20 years in Congress.”

And she says she can beat either one.

“That’s why I’m running…to bring a new economy, to turn our economy around,” she said

Sink says she would offer tax credits and other incentives to small businesses to create jobs, keep taxes low and improve schools.

“I’m a mother, I have two children, and I’ll be the first governor in 12 years whose own children graduated from Florida’s public schools,” she said.

But based on recent history, she has an uphill battle. Democrats, including her husband Bill McBride, have lost the last three governor’s races. And Obama Administration policies have become a lightning rod.

Sink supports the president on health care reform, but says changes may have to come later.

“What we have now is going to bankrupt us. And Congress passed this new law, we need to
make it work for us,” Sink said.

Sink says she would not bring the Arizona immigration law to Florida, and that handling illegals is mainly a job for the feds.

“The federal government really needs to step up and enforce the laws that we have, and I’m going to be very, very tough with businesses who are employing illegals, taking jobs away from Floridians who are desperate for jobs right now,” she said.

While the Republicans have spent millions on TV ads fighting one another, Sink has been on the sidelines. One poll shows nearly half of voters don’t know enough about her — and those are ground she’ll have to make up to get to the governor’s mansion.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including,,, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.