The GOP says that Alex Sink, former chief financial officer, and former Gov. Charlie Crist were to blame for economic woes in Florida. ASSOCIATED PRESS FILE PHOTO
BY William March Tribune staff TAMPA - The state Republican Party is adding Alex Sink to the list of targets for its pre-emptive attack against po
Published: June 5, 2013
Updated: June 5, 2013 at 09:37 PM
In a news release, the party suggests that Sink, as state chief financial officer from 2007 through 2010, was responsible for the effects of the national economic crash on Florida - along with Charlie Crist, who was then a Republican and governor.
The news release refers to Crist and Sink as "the captain and his first mate," even though at the time, with Crist then a Republican, the two were political opponents and clashed several times over state budget issues.
"The Crist-Sink Team Lost 832,000 Jobs From January 2007 To January 2011," contends the GOP news release, blaming them for the recession that resulted from the national financial crisis and economic collapse of 2007-08. "Does Alex Sink want one more bite at the apple?"
Sink is considering running for governor, but says she hasn't decided. If she does, it's likely Crist will be her opponent in a Democratic primary, although he hasn't announced either.
The GOP has been attacking Crist for months. It recently expanded its commentary on the Democratic governor's race to ridiculing the Democratic Party over former state Sen. Nan Rich of Weston, the only prominent Democrat who is a declared candidate. She's viewed as a dark horse, and the Republicans say the Democratic Party is trying to undercut her campaign to pave the way for Crist.
The GOP news release says it's attacking Sink because she's "rumored to be stepping back into the fray," citing a tweet from a Democratic political operative in St. Petersburg, Peter Schorsch. "Several members of Alex Sink's inner-circle now say she's telling them she's running for governor in 2014," Schorsch tweeted.
Tampa lawyer Richard Salem, a close friend, longtime supporter and high-level fundraiser for Sink and her late husband Bill McBride, denied knowing anything about that.