As the Florida electorate begins to focus on the November general election, there is no doubt that the political skeletons of a few candidates will start to creep out of their closets. Democrat Gubernatorial candidate Alex Sink is one of the candidates that may want to put a couple of dead-bolt locks on her closet door. Early in 2009, Sink courted famed Ponzi-schemeing jailbird Scott Rothstein with phone calls and personal meetings to get him to jump on board her campaign to become Florida’s next governor. Rothstein and his partners donated thousands of dollars to Alex Sink, along with the $200,000 he donated to the Florida Democrat Party.
At last year’s Associated Press meeting of reporters, Sink was quoted as saying that the “first rule of business is to know who you’re dealing with.” Well, there are oversights, and there are oversights. It is incomprehensible for Sink to not have vetted Mr. Rothstein– even as rumblings of his shady dealings were whispered rumors around Florida’s political circles. But Sink was apparently much more interested in taking Rothstein’s donations- donations that would have the added benefit of stinging the GOP like pouring salt into an open wound. And even though Sink returned the contributions after Rothstein’s indictment, there may be no other Democrat running this election cycle that is more owned by special interests than Alex Sink.
Alex Sink is trying to run as a post-partisan, middle of the road type of campaign to appeal to all of Florida’s voters, employing as much conservative-sounding rhetoric as possible to cloak what really is a liberal agenda. But Sink cannot explain away her support for the disastrous Obama Stimulus plan or her support for Government-run healthcare – “ObamaCare”- both of which she campaigned for, just as Charlie Crist did. More on the Sink-Obama connection to come here on the Shark Tank, stay tuned.