Mitch Perry Report 8.21.13: Alex Sink's indecision

Plus: How much did the RNC bring into Tampa?

Back in May, I briefly spoke with Alex Sink, the state's former CFO and the 2010 Democratic nominee for governor. She told me at the Hillsborough County Kennedy-King Dinner that she was undecided about whether or not to run for the office again, but knew she would have to make a decision by mid-summer.

Well, we're past the mid-summer, and Sink has since told members of the media that by September she'll have a decision.

Well, that's just nine days away, and apparently she's still uncertain whether to get into the race, where the Democrats have only one declared candidate, Nan Rich, in their quest to topple Rick Scott.

Sink told Adam Smith from the Times that she'll have a decision in a few weeks, but her close family members are "not enthusiastic" about her potentially running again. 

It's my contention that Sink will not get into the race. There's no reason to predict now, when the announcement is weeks away, but the question is: Does she really want this? I don't think she does. 

Then we go back to waiting for Charlie Crist to make his move.

Yesterday in Tampa, Mayor Bob Buckhorn and other officials reminisced about last year's Republican National Convention. A new economic report says the Tampa Bay area took in more than $214 million dollars, but not everyone thought it was an unfettered success.

Despite the fact that the Democrats don't have more than one serious gubernatorial candidate, or a CFO candidate (don't ask about attorney general or agriculture candidates), the party's first vice chair, Alan Clendenin, told CL that all is well in Democratic land in the Sunshine State.

And I'll have a write-up later today about the latest St. Pete mayoral debate. Until then, you can look at this new poll, which says that Kathleen Ford is in serious trouble of advancing after next week's primary. And the Lens isn't looking too good either.

Lastly, the Pinellas County Commission passes gender identity protections.

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