Former Florida CFO and 2010 Democratic gubernatorial candidate, Alex Sink, has come out and said that she will be running for the congressional seat currently vacant, as a result of Republican Congressman C.W. Young’s death.
“Washington’s broken. And I, like everybody else I know, is angry and mad about the logjam, about shutting down the government, about not understanding the impact it was going to have on small businesses and people. The people up there just don’t seem to be able to work together” –Alex Sink
Sink also believes that she can go to Washington and make a difference, but the former CFO was recently mulling over another possible gubernatorial run against Republican Governor Rick Scott, but may have decided against it after realizing that she would be have to endure a grueling Democrat Party primary against former Republican-turned-Independent-turned Democrat, Charlie Crist.
For those of you who thought that Sink was not a political opportunist like Crist, you have been proven wrong. Sink, who has considerable name recognitiion, and will most likely receive the blessings from the Wasserman Schultz’s of the political world, can now rest easy that she will not have to worry about raising the tens of millions of dollars needed to defeat Rick Scott.Raising money for the special election, which looks like it will be scheduled for March 2014, will come easy for Sink, as the Democratic Party campaign machine will make sure that the appropriate dollars are allocated for this race.
But of all the Republicans looking to run for Young’s seat, which one’s can actually defeat against Sink?
Young’s wife and son, who are considering a run for the seat, would be able to count on the sympathy vote, but the other candidates will have a tougher go of it, regardless of their name identification and fundraising base in the area.
Remember, Pinellas County has a large number of retired military veterans, and Congressman Young was a huge supporter and advocate of veterans affairs.Otero, the “Hispanic Allen West,” ran for congress in 2012 against liberal Democratic Congresswoman Kathy Castor, and lost. Otero, who was able to garner significant national and local support, told the Shark Tank prior to Young’s death, that he was considering running for the retiring congressman’s seat.
Could an outsider like retired Air Force Colonel Evelio “E.J.” Otero, with the possible help from fellow retired Colonel Allen West and his Guardian Fund, step into the race and ice the military vote?
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