A Sink-Smith Dem ticket for November is a whole lotta moderation

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But politically, they're both very centrist in their philosophies.  Some Democrats have at times been critical of Sink over the past year, frustrated  about her inability to come out strongly on some core issues.  But when she has come out loudly — like this weekend regarding the flap over President Obama's comments on the mosque at Ground Zero — it's been against the president, as she was with her some of her critical remarks about the federal government's response to the BP oil spill (responses that perhaps showed Sink at her finest in taking control from her held as CFO).

The fact of the matter is that Sink's stock has risen as Bill McCollum and Rick Scott have descended into the gutter (as has the Jeff Green/Kendrick Meek race) over the past couple of months.  Though some Republicans say that this announcement as well as her first TV ad of the year are getting lost in the hurlyburly of the GOP race, in fact it's smart to remind Florida voters right now that they have another choice come November.

And since we haven't posted it yet, here is Sink's ad mocking McCollum and Scott.

Published reports throughout Florida say that come Thursday, Democratic gubernatorial front-runner Alex Sink will choose former Alachua County Prosecutor and legislator Rod Smith to be her running mate in November.

The Sink camp has said that a "campaign announcement" will come Thursday in West Palm Beach, not far from the Loxahatchee community where the 60-year-old Smith was raised.

Smith became known statewide in 2006, when he challenged former Tampa Congressman Jim Davis for the Democratic nomination for governor, before coming up short.  That race had its high and low moments — the lowest probably being the fact that Smith was considered the candidate of Big Sugar,  as U.S. Sugar Corp., Florida Crystals and their subsidiaries contributed at least $4 million in his losing effort to Davis.

According to published reports, Sink's short list over the past few months for Lieutenant Governor has included Fort Lauderdale Mayor Jack Seiler, Panama City Mayor Scott Clemons, Sarasota Representative Keith Fitzgerald, and somewhat oddly, Miami Beach state Senator Dan Gelber, who of course is running and hopes to become a colleague of Sink's at Cabinet meetings next year as Attorney General.

Smith was extremely engaging and personable on the campaign trail in '06, and in that respect could be a good contrast to Sink.

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