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Alex Sink revs up Democrats, takes jabs at Republicans

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Taking a few jabs at Republicans, and offering herself as an antidote to what Democrats see as extremism from the right in Tallahassee, Alex Sink began rallying Broward activists for her gubernatorial campaign.

“The campaign season is in full force,” Sink told about 75 people at a Democratic Professionals Council lunch at the Riverside Hotel in Fort Lauderdale.

Part of the reason politics is becoming front and center for people other than political activists – who live and breathe all the ups and downs of the campaigns – is what’s happening in other races, she said.

“We’re seeing these mega zillionaires spending all this money on television,” she said. “The good news is people are finally beginning to pay attention to this very important election year.”

The “mega zillionaires” are Republican Rick Scott, who’s spent millions on statewide advertising for his campaign for his party’s gubernatorial nomination. In the process, he’s gained on the Republicans’ longtime frontrunner, Attorney General Bill McCollum.

The other is Palm Beach billionaire Jeff Greene, who shook up the Democratic primary for U.S. Senate by entering that race against US. Rep. Kendrick Meek.

The Democratic Professionals Council attracts people from the business and political worlds. Tuesday’s gathering attracted a slew of elected officials and candidates, ranging from U.S. Rep. Ted Deutch, who represents northern and central Broward, to several School Board and state legislative candidates.

“We are going to win this race. The stakes are too high,” she said. “The voters are going to have a very clear choice in this year’s election. There is not going to be any blurring of the lines and I don’t really understand the differences between these candidates.”

She said McCollum “only understands how to think in a political way.” Continue reading here.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, 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.

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