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Tom Dyer, publisher of Watermark, voice of LGBT community, takes Alex Sink to task for lackluster campaign

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From Tom Dyer, publisher of Watermark:

Six months from now, we elect a new governor. The race between Republican Bill McCollum and Democrat Alex Sink started as a toss-up. Recent polling indicates that McCollum, a charmless perennial candidate who has lost more elections than he has won, has opened up a 10-point lead.

Sink just fired her campaign manager, but there was further evidence of her strategic missteps at an April 5 fundraising event at Hamburger Mary’s in downtown Orlando. At the reception, sponsored by LGBT and friendly supporters, Sink reportedly delivered her standard stump speech about fiscal responsibility and never once used the word “gay.” She raised a tepid $2,500; last year, a campaign event for much the same crowd brought in ten times that amount.

Although I was unable to attend, I was on the host committee for the Hamburger Mary’s event. I have tremendous respect for Sink, and I think she has the skills to be an extraordinary governor. I will vote for her, and so should you. But the next six months will determine whether I cast my vote with enthusiasm or with a sigh.

Politicians lead as they campaign. In a state with a plurality of registered Democrats, but a strong Republican legislative majority, Sink must connect with the people to govern effectively.

Here’s what I want to hear in her next speech:

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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.

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