Alex Sink’s use of state plane questioned in new ad from the NRCC

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The National Republican Congressional Committee is airing a new attack ad against Alex Sink.

This ad focuses on Sink’s use of a state plane to the tune of over $400,000, including for a trip to connect with a vacation in the Bahamas. The ad also says Sink used the plane to get to political events.

Sink’s record of wasting Florida taxpayers’ money as CFO is very troubling,” said NRCC spokesperson Katie Prill. “If we can’t trust her to do the right thing here in Florida, how can we trust her in Washington with Nancy Pelosi?”

The ad relies on 2009 reporting from the Miami Herald and Tampa Bay Times, when Sink was CFO, and questions raised about her use of the state plane. Sink eventually reimbursed the state $17,000.

This ad also has more precise language than previous non-NRCC ads about Sink’s use of the state plane to connect to a another flight to the Bahamas. 

Here is the script of the ad:

Narrator: Can we trust Alex Sink in Washington?

As Florida’s CFO, Sink spent four hundred thousand dollars of taxpayer money to jet around in a state-owned plane. 

She used the taxpayer-funded plane so she could get to a vacation in the Bahamas. 

And even used the plane to attend political campaign events.

Alex Sink: Taxpayer-funded jets for her, higher taxes for you.

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.