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Sink blasts Scott over Trayvon Martin, keeps door open for future run
Posted Mar 22, 2012 by William March
Updated Mar 22, 2012 at 04:24 PM
Alex Sink, former and possible future Democratic candidate for governor, blasted Gov. Rick Scott over his handling of the controversial shooting death of teenager Trayvon Martin in Sanford, and sounded much like a candidate for office, in a St. Petersburg Tiger Bay Club speech today.
If Sink were governor, she said, “You wouldn’t be getting some made up statement from the press shop of the governor” about the Martin case. “I would be out front saying we have to stay calm, but justice must be done, it will be done, and we’re going to be very aggressive about holding the FDLE accountable for reviewing the Sanford police department.”
The shooting, in which the 17-year-old was killed by an overzealous neighborhood watch captain while walking back from a trip to a convenience store for candy, “is yet another thing that gives Florida a bad reputation nationally,” Sink said.
“In my opinion, if this had been a black man with a gun shooting a young, 17-year-old white boy, there’s no doubt that the shooter would be in jail today,” she added.
As she has done repeatedly, Sink declined to say whether she’s likely to challenge Scott in 2014, after losing to him narrowly in 2010. “I’ve learned never to say never,” she said, but “That decision about whether I run again will be for a later time next year.”
But she left the door well open, and made tough comments on several partisan issues.
In response to a question about the debate over health insurance coverage of birth control, Sink blasted Republicans for focussing on the issue—“We need to be focused on the economy and education and the environment and a meaningful energy policy ... not getting into my bedroom with my husband and me.
“Those of you who are Republicans in the room, you better get your party straight,” she told the members of the bipartisan political discussion group.
FSP is seeking a response to Sink’s comments from the governor’s office. You’ll see a full story in the Tampa Tribune tomorrow.