The Shifting Politics of Oil: Democratic Candidate for Governor Alex Sink

Alex Sink
TAMPA (2010-06-30) -

Florida CFO Alex Sink, a candidate for Governor, has maintained her position against drilling off Florida's coast. She says the risks outweigh the benefits.

Before the Spill: Speaking to the Associated Press briefing in Tallahassee, Sink said she is opposed to what she termed "near-beach drilling.

Her primary concern, she said, is concern that an oil spill could not be contained before destroying Florida's gulf coast., 1/27/10

After the spill: "This evidence proves that near-beach drilling in Florida is a disastrous idea -- we must never let oil companies drill just three miles off our beaches,” Sink said.

“Last year, oil companies spent millions on lobbyists and a PR spin machine and quickly passed near beach drilling through the Florida House. The people of Florida must send Legislators a message that we will not allow Florida’s economy to be put at risk or forget the painful lessons of this historic spill.”, 5/6/10

CLICK HERE to listen to Alex Sink's reaction to the gulf spill.

From "Drill, Baby, Drill" to "Spill, Baby, Spill" - the ongoing oil spill in the Gulf has some elected leaders and political candidates scrambling to point out their opposition to offshore drilling - even if they once thought it was a good idea. WUSF has determined where Florida's politicians stood before, and where they stand now on oil drilling.

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