After two heart-breaking loses over the course of four years, we certainly understand why Alex Sink has decided against running again for the U.S. Congressional District 13 seat up for election this November.
Sink lost by less than 2 percentage points to David Jolly in a special election last month to fill the unexpired term of C.W. “Bill” Young, who died while in office. In 2010, Sink lost the governor’s race to Rick Scott by a razor-thin margin.
Although more independent and moderate voters might be expected to cast ballots during the general election in November, in all likelihood the outcome would be the same. Jolly is now running as an incumbent and by all accounts is off to a good start in Washington representing the Pinellas County district.
Sink is a moderate Democrat and fiscal conservative who served the state well as chief financial officer. Her business acumen and intelligence made her an appealing candidate.
Voters in District 13 were fortunate to have two qualified candidates for the job. In the end, they chose Jolly’s conservative views over Sink’s moderate stance. It didn’t help that she only recently moved into the district so she could run.
We wish Sink well and are confident that, regardless of what she does politically, she will work to advance what she believes is right for the people of Florida.