Wouldn’t it be refreshing if, after losing her husband and political partner, Alex Sink found a new voice and, in doing so, turned Florida politics on its head?
Of course it would. But it’s not going to happen.
Asked about her plans for 2014 by Tampa Tribune columnist Joe Henderson, Sink answers with the unimaginative. “I get asked at the Circle-K in Thonotosassa every morning,” she said. “A baggage handler for US Airways in Tampa ran over the other day and tugged on my arm to ask if I was going to run.”
First of all, is there any place you’d rather be less than the Circle K in Thonotosassa? Second, these anecdotes are really the best Sink has to offer; that a convenience store clerk and a baggage handler want to her to run. How stirring.
Imagine, instead, if Sink had been something other than the always cautious pol she’s always been? Imagine how much excitement she would generally inspire (and from more than just clerks and baggage handlers) were she to boldly declare, “It’s my intention to run for Governor in 2014. It was my late husband’s dying wish. And so for him and the millions of other Floridians who yearn for change, I will take up their standard.”
There would be a Caesar.
Instead, according to Henderson, we are left with:
“After a life event like this, everyone advises not to make a momentous decision right away,” she said. “Bill very much wanted me to run again, but I’m going to wait until summer to decide. It’s still a roller coaster right now, but that’s the natural process you go through.”