The Florida’s Governors race is very close. We have Rick Scott as the Republican candidate, and Alex Sink as the Democrat candidate.
Here is some more information why Alex sink “Should Not be Elected”, and why you should vote “For Rick Scott”
Florida’s hotly contested gubernatorial race is becoming one of the first major skirmishes for the 2012 presidential race – and a win by Democratic candidate Alex Sink may give President Obama a second term in the White House. Is that what you want?
Who is Alex Sink?
Her supporters cite the official line that she is a former banker and Florida’s chief financial officer, effectively the state’s treasurer, who they claim has the financial know-how to steer the Sunshine State in difficult economic times.
But a closer examination of her record demonstrates a woeful and reckless record of acting as steward over public and private financial institutions., and despite efforts to distance herself in recent weeks, she has been a staunch supporter of President Obama’s economic program., including Obamacare, Cap and Trade, the failed stimulus plan and relentless class warfare.
Sink’s as the state’s leading financial official, (she is the current State of Florida Chief Financial Officer) shares the lion’s share of blame for mismanaging the state’s pension funds, which lost billions in less than a year. She also is involved in major scandals involving a bank where she worked and her approval of former felons as insurance agents.
With the election less than a week away, attention has focused on Sink’s role as a trustee of the Florida State Board of Administration (SBA), which manages pension funds for 1 million current and retired Florida teachers, public employees, and their families.
Despite audits dating back to 2000 warning of risky, unregulated investments, the SBA lost billions between July 2008 and January 2009.
A Palm Beach Post editorial in June 2000 headlined “Who’s Watching the Money?” charged the SBA with “secretive, misleading practices that lost investors millions and stated:
In late 2007, after the SBA tried to conceal the extent of its bad investments, news broke that more than $2 billion of its assets were at risk. Many of those assets belonged to school boards and local governments that routinely put their cash on hand into short-term, low-risk investments the SBA handles. Liquidity was essential, since the money was used for payroll and other immediate needs.
But the SBA had put much of that money into risky schemes. Once local governments found out, they started a run on the Local Government Investment Pool.”
A June 2009 report in The St. Petersburg Times disclosed: “Two summers ago, during the subprime mortgage meltdown, the SBA bought risky securities through now-defunct Lehman Brothers and two other big Wall Street firms. The funds were supposed to be ultra safe. The investments plummeted in value. After news broke that the state was holding tainted securities, hundreds of counties, cities and school districts yanked $13 billion from an SBA account.”
The Times also noted that the SBA trustees — including Sink and Gov. Charlie Crist — “have been the epitome of a hands-off board,” and “they rubber-stamp SBA motions with little or no discussion.” (another reason to vote against Sink and against Crist, if they could not manage the savings of our Public employees how do you think they will manage the Florida economy, or represent us in Washington, the answer, very poorly!!!).
Those of you who are public employees and to whom Alex Sink has been pandering to, remember that the best way to have your pensions when you retire is to make sure that the Florida economy thrives, and Alex Sink support of Obamacare and plans to raise all kinds of taxes in Florida will further drive down the Florida economy and further erode your pension funds.
Sink has also come under fire for authorizing convicted felons to sell insurance in Florida. The agents were convicted of crimes ranging from assaulting a police officer to writing bad checks, the Palm Beach Post disclosed recently.
The Tampa Tribune reported that Sink’s office made the “false claim” that she was “required” to grant authorization to convicted felons if their civil rights have been restored. But Sink could in fact have denied those applications.
“Alex Sink’s former company, NationsBank, was investigated and fined millions of dollars for fraud by the Securities and Exchange Commission for ‘deceptive and misleading’ sales tactics that defrauded approximately 13,000 investors, most of them elderly.
“According to news reports dating back to 1998, during the exact time period Sink was president of NationsBank Florida, the company engaged in a ‘systematic pattern of deception and deceit’ to trick customers into pouring their savings into risky investments that were advertised as safe.”
Interestingly, Sink’s campaign website states that as Florida CFO, she “puts her business experience and know-how to work as the determined fiscal and consumer watchdog for the people of Florida.” Talk about slippery twist of the facts!. That is the kind of experience Florida does not need!!
It also declares that “the time has come for a leader with Alex’s business experience and know-how.” I think we heard the same thing about Obama and look where we are today, the economy is in the tank, our children and grandchildren are saddled with trillions of debt and unemployment keeps on increasing or not improving.
Sink has supported President Obama’s Obamacare, a law that will cut Medicare benefits for seniors by at least $500 billion which will have a catastrophic impact in Florida’s large senior population.
Florida’s governor’s race is not only a prelude to 2012 but will play a key role in shaping a new Congress for the next decade as state houses begin reapportionment following the 2010 census.
Alex Sink also tries to paint herself as the guardian of truth and ethics However, Democrat Alex Sink broke the rules during her debate with gubernatorial rival Rick Scott, then compounded the gaffe by lying about it twice afterward.
The flap erupted at Monday night’s October 25th, 2010 nationally televised debate that CNN and the St. Petersburg Times sponsored in Tallahassee.
During a commercial break, Sink’s makeup artist showed her a message on a cell phone, which violated rules the Sink and Scott campaigns had agreed on.
Scott complained over the issue to Mark Preston, CNN’s political editor,. “So we can get notes?” he said. “We can have people that work for us come and give us messages?”
Preston said: “No.”
As soon as the debate resumed, CNN moderator John King opened with a question about Florida’s economy, but Scott asked Sink: “First, Alex, you say you always follow the rules. The rule was no one was supposed to give us messages during the break and your campaign did with a smart phone.”
On Tuesday October 26, 2010 Sink told the Miami Herald that she did not know who had sent the message. She said the makeup artist “put this phone in my face and she said, ‘I don’t know who this is from,’ and I turned around and I looked and I said I couldn’t tell, really, what it was.”
Unfortunately for Sink, king, the CNN moderator, stated that he had reviewed an audio clip that clearly shows the makeup artist told Sink about the message.
“We listened very closely to the audio, and the makeup artist, when she approached Alex Sink, said, ‘I have a message from the staff.’ And at that point they looked, it was on her cell phone. It was two sentences. It was essentially advice after the last segment of the debate telling her if that question comes up again, remember this, and be more aggressive when Rick Scott questions you.”
The message had been sent by Sinks staffer Brian May, an insurance industry lobbyist who referred to Scott’s criticism of Sink for her role on the auditing board of Tampa-based call center Sykes Enterprises when investors sued it in 2000 for exaggerating its revenues, the Tampa Tribune reported.
Then Sink lied again, a second time, when she told MSNBC’s “Hardball” host Chris Matthews on Tuesday that she “ignored” the message.
“I don’t know who this message is from,” Sink said. “I glanced at it. I didn’t understand even what it was. And I just ignored it.”
But the cameras continued to record during the commercial break, and King released tape on his blog clearly showing Sink reading the message.
Sink said in a statement that she “immediately removed” May from her campaign, notwithstanding the fact that she had previously said she did not know who the message was from.
She said on “Hardball” that, after the debate, she told May, “Brian, that was against the rules, and I can't have someone who doesn't play by the rules in my campaign.”
What the heck, what is one more lie from a politician who is dying to become our Governor?
Some of those who read my blog regularly will right away point out the alleged problem of Rick Scott with his healthcare company and the fraud charges brought against that company, albeit after he was not longer in charge, for Medicare fraud. You can probably spin that story anyway you want. However, what is really at stake is whether Florida recovers from the worst economic disaster in decades and one of the highest unemployment rates in the United States.
The fact is that Florida needs a Governor who knows how to create jobs, who knows and has managed and grown a company. Rick Scott had done that. On the other hand Alex Sink is a “professional politician” that wants to perpetuate the failed policies of tax and spend. She has proposed increases in property taxes, sales taxes, energy taxes (is pro the Obama Cap and Trade energy bill which is really Cap and tax your energy from the gas you put in your car to the electricity you use at home).. That would further destroy Florida’s economy.
We need to elect Rick Scott for Governor.