Sink fires campaign aide over debate rules breachby George Bennett | October 26th, 2010
TAMPA — Democrat Alex Sink fired a campaign aide after tonight’s CNN gubernatorial debate, admitting her campaign broke the rules by passing her a message during a commercial break.
Republican rival Rick Scott called Sink out on national television.
“First, Alex, you say you always follow the rules,” Scott said when the debate resumed after the second commercial break of the night. “The rule was no one was supposed to give us messages during the break and your campaign did with an iPad, or iPod…”
Sink released this statement afterward:
“After the debate tonight, one of my campaign advisors admitted he tried to communicate with me during one of the breaks. While he told me it was out of anger with Rick Scott’s repeated distortion of facts, it was a foolish thing to do. It violated a debate agreement and I immediately removed him from the campaign.”
Moderator Adam C. Smith of The St. Petersburg Times witnessed the incident and blogged about it and the contents of the message shortly after the debate ended.