Notes from the Kennedy King Dinner – Part 2 – Thoughts about Alex Sink

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Alex Sink was given a standing ovation tonight at the Hillsborough County Kennedy King Dinner. And that was before she delivered a moving speech, make that eulogy, about her late husband, former gubernatorial candidate Bill McBride.

I won’t pretend to know what is Sink’s mindset about running for Governor in 2014.  I won’t pretend to know Sink’s mindset — period.

However, let me say this: She needs and deserves time to breathe … to mourn … to remember … her late husband.  You can see it on her face. She is hurting. And understandably so. 

Tonight, on the ride home from the event, my wife said to me she can understand what kind of mess Sink is still this many months after losing her partner. And Michelle is saying this after she and I have been married for less than two years! Sink and McBride were married for decades. 

Again, I won’t pretend to know what’s running through Sink’s mind, but I don’t know if she’ll be finished with all of what she’s going through in time to mount a gubernatorial campaign.

As much as some of her supporters would like to see her run, a campaign trail may not be the best place for Sink right now.


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.