Why is John King, and not Adam Smith, getting credit for intel about Alex Sink running for Congress?

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Creative Loafing‘s Mitch Perry was the first to note the ridiculousness of John King’s reporting today that Alex “Sink is suddenly back in vogue as Democrats look to try again in a Florida House district they lost in a special election last month.”

Jeez, John, what would ever make you think that? Perhaps it was when Steve Israel, the chair of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, said that he “will do everything, I mean everything, to support” Sink if she chooses to run again.

Yet, Mediate’s Evan McMurry is congratulating King for making good on his Inside Politics show title and breaking some insider politics news.

I guess King has some inside intel about the national Democrats running a new voter model that says even though Sink lost the special election by two points, they think she would win in November by about a point and a half. 

But that’s a scoop about polling data, not about candidate recruitment.

If anyone deserves credit for working the Sink beat, it’s the Tampa Bay Times’ Adam Smith, who spoke to Sink just two days after she lost to David Jolly. Sink told Smith she is keep an open mind about running in November.

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