Can you imagine the outcry if Alex Sink were a Republican and she announced she was going to work at an investment banking firm?

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So I’ve been a goodliberal for about two weeks now, what with organizing “Boo Rick Scott on Opening Day” and designing But my progressive streak comes to anend with this post because Imust call out Alex Sink.

On Thursday, Sink, former Chief Financial Officer for the state of Florida, announced she was going to work for, surprise,an investment banking firm:

I have some very exciting news to share with you. Yesterday, Hyde Park Capital announced I will be joining as a Senior Advisor. Hyde Park Capital is a leading investment banking firm specializing in mergers and acquisitions and capital raising for public and private companies in Florida and the Southeast. My focus will be business development and expanding client relationships for the firm. Hyde Park Capital? relationships with successful public and private middle market companies allow me to pursue my continued long term interest in working with Florida? business community and entrepreneurs to build a stringer Florida economy. John Hill and John McDonald, who are the co-founders and senior managing directors of Hyde Park Capital, have years of experience advising clients and have built an enviable reputation for integrity and results. I look forward to adding my decades of statewide business experience, in both the private and public sectors, to Hyde Park Capital.

Of course, Sinkdeserves to makea living. And before she was a public official, she was an enormously successful banker. So it makes perfect sense for her to return to the financial industry (after all, someone in the McBride-Sink household has to earn enough for husband Bill tobet all that money at the poker tables).

But can you imagine the outcry fromthe political columnists and the editorial boards if Sink were a registered Republican and she went back to work in the industry she helped regulate for four years? Charges of “revolving doors” and “too-cozy relationships” would fly off the pages of the St. Petersburg Times and the Orlando Sentinel and the Miami Herald.

Yet, because Sink is all but the leader of the Democratic government-in-waiting poised to take over the state in 2014 after Rick Scott is booed out of office the same way he was booed off of Tropicana Field, she gets a pass from most, if not all, of the statewide media. Actually, she didn’t just get a pass, some reporters went out of their way to advertise Sink’s new job as a rainmaker for Hyde Park Capital.

Listen, few people are as disappointed as I am that Sink lost to Scott, but she doesn’t deserve the free pass she got this week. In fact, she should be asked why she isn’t focusing more on the non-profit, non-partisan policy foundation she says she is working to start. I am sure the Democratic/progressive/liberal oppositioncould have used the infrastructural support such a foundationwould provide…

Oh hell, if I am going to bring my progressive streak to an end, I may as well write what’s really on my mind: I rrreeeaaalllyyy hope Florida’s Democrats are not so foolish as to annoint another Bill McBride/Jim Davis/Alex Sinkas their standard bearer in 2014. At least not without Sink demonstrating she understands why and how she lost to Rick Scott. If she can’t, she needs to move aside for Dave Aronberg or Rod Smith or, dare I say, Charlie Crist to carry the party’s flag in three years.

After all, 2014 cannot be just another repeat of 2010.


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.