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Democrat Alex Sink to run for St. Pete-area congressional seat; test of shutdown fallout

by George Bennett | October 30th, 2013

Alex Sink

Democrat Alex Sink, the former chief financial officer of Florida who narrowly lost the 2010 governor’s race to Republican Rick Scott, announced this morning that she’ll run in a special congressional election to fill the St. Petersburg-area seat of the late Republican Rep. Bill Young.

The district, where Republicans have a 37.5-to-35.2 percent registration edge, is expected to be competitive. It will be an early test of Democratic efforts to capitalize on anti-GOP fallout from the recent federal government shutdown.

“Everywhere I go in Pinellas County, there’s a deep frustration with the dysfunctional and reckless politics of Washington that was responsible for the painful, irresponsible shutdown of our nation’s government,” Sink said in a statement released this morning. “From cutting wasteful government spending as Florida’s Chief Financial Officer to working in the private sector helping families buy their first home and sending their children to college, I never let politics, finger-pointing or name-calling stand in the way of getting results for the people I represent, and it’s these results-oriented values that I want to bring to Washington. For the sake of our economy, our businesses and our families, we have to restore problem-solving leadership.”

Sink recently ruled out a 2014 run for governor.

A special election date has not been set, but is expected in early 2014.

Democrat Jessica Ehrlich, who lost to Young in 2012, is running for the seat. Potential Republican candidates, according to The Tampa Bay Times, include Young’s widow, Beverly Young, and son Bill Young II.

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    Helping Floridians buy their first home even if they didn’t qualify was what she did as CFO of Bank of America when her bank and others committed mortgage fraud all over the country. We are just now starting to read about what happened in 2007-2009 that caused the American Taxpayers and individual investors to lose billions. She is a TOTAL FRAUD and puppet for the banking industry. She will not represent us in Congress, she will represent the banking interests once again.

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