Alex Sink won’t run for Governor

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Via Brendan Farrington at the Associated Press, Alex Sink will not run for governor in 2014

Sink, 65, told The Associated Press that she wants to spend more time running her foundation, Florida Next, which seeks to help young entrepreneurs grow their startup companies.

Sink was the 2010 Democratic nominee and narrowly lost to Republican Rick Scott in a year when other Democrats seeking statewide office were badly beaten.

Her announcement leaves the field open for Charlie Crist, whose is widely expected to announce his own run for governor as a Democrat soon. 
 
Democratic Senate Leader Nan Rich the only other credible Democrat officially running for governor.
 
Sink had been sending mixed signals for months. Her prospects against a tough Democratic field in a primary, followed by a well-funded general election opponent in incumbent Rick Scott became less palatable after the recent death of her husband — and chief political adviser —  Tampa attorney and former gubernatorial nominee Bill McBride. 
 
Sink told Farrington she would like to dedicate more time to her Florida Next foundation.

***Update – 3:11 p.m.*** Sink has sent the following email:

I want to thank my many friends and supporters from around Florida who have reached out to me over the past months with words of encouragement for my continued involvement in the business and political life of our state.

After careful consideration, I have decided that the best way for me to make a positive and lasting impact on our state is to continue the work we’ve started together. I plan to continue my involvement with the Florida Next Foundation, working to build a state of innovation and inspiring the next generation of young Florida leaders. And of course I am going to be supporting candidates who I believe share my vision that Florida can be a state of opportunity for all of its citizens.

That being said, like so many Floridians, I am appalled at Governor Rick Scott’s failed leadership on the economy, education and the environment.  I will continue to speak out and to aggressively hold him accountable for ignoring Floridians’ best interests.

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