Sink courts rural cross-over voteby Dara Kam | October 22nd, 2010
Sink began her day in the Big Bend by appealing to a few dozen supporters at downtown Joyce’s Main Street Cafe.
There, she pleaded with Taylor County voters to give her the same 56 percent win she earned there four years ago in her bid to become the state’s chief financial officer.
“I expect and hope that we’ll get about that much again,” Sink said.
Sink spoke broadly about her plans to jumpstart the state’s economy on the same day Florida’s latest unemployment figures showed a slight increase – 11.9 percent – from the previous month.
Sink said she supports giving tax credits to businesses that hire Floridians and wants to defer business taxes for start-up companies for up to three years.
Accompanied by her son Bert McBride, Sink boasted that she would be the only governor in 12 years whose two children graduated from Florida public schools.
Sink said it is her dream that her children, who both attend out-of-state universities, will one day, “They call me up and say, ”Mom, I’m coming back to Florida because I’ve got a great job lined up.”
Sink reminded her supporters that her Republican opponent Rick Scott could spend up to $70 million of his own money to win the election. Scott has already spent more than $50 million of his fortune and recently dumped nearly $2 million on ads attacking Sink.
Near the end of her short speech, Sink blasted Scott for refusing to meet with Florida newspapers’ editorial boards, his avoiding questions during a taped deposition more than 10 years ago, and barely living in the state long enough to be eligible to run for governor.
She said Scott is “unprepared and unfit and unqualified to be the next governor.”