Alex Sink won’t run for governor in 2014; wants to ‘spend some hours’ with Dems Rich, Cristby George Bennett | September 20th, 2013
That makes it increasingly likely that the battle for the Democratic nomination will be a two-person contest between liberal former state Sen. Nan Rich and former Republican Gov. Charlie Crist.
Sink, the state’s former chief financial officer, was the Democratic nominee for governor in 2010 and narrowly lost to Republican Rick Scott. She’s been part of 2014 speculation for some time, but put politics on hold for several months after her husband, Bill McBride, died suddenly in December. McBride was the 2002 Democratic nominee, losing to Gov. Jeb Bush.
Sink said she wants to focus on her foundation, Florida Next, which promotes innovation and entrepreneurship in Florida. She said she also hopes to help other Democratic candidates.
Sink earlier this year said she’d like to see Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson run for governor, but in an interview today she said she thinks that’s unlikely.
Sink has been publicly skeptical of Crist’s credentials as a Democrat after his long career as a Republican, his switch to no party affiliation in 2010 and his registration as a Democrat in December.
“I’m going to be like most other Democratic voters that I know,” Sink said today. “He’s new to us as a Democrat. I spoke to Nan Rich a little bit earlier and told her that what I want to do is take an opportunity to spend some hours with both of them and whoever else might announce as a candidate and delve deep into what their values are….what their vision is for Florida and how they can defeat Rick Scott.”