TALLAHASSEE - Alex Sink, the former Florida chief for Bank of America and wife of 2002 Democratic gubernatorial nominee Bill McBride, is expected to announce her candidacy for chief financial officer today.
Sink, who earned millions during her career as a banker, confirmed she will hold a news conference about the Cabinet position but didn't say she will be a candidate. But it has been no secret she has wanted to run.
Sink, 57, of Tampa considered a run for Senate last year and was mentioned as a possible running mate for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Buddy McKay in 1998. She was one of the state's most recognized businesswomen before retiring in 2000.
"She'd be the instant front-runner," said state Sen. David Aronberg, who chairs Florida Mainstream Democrats. "She'd be an excellent candidate and with her business background she is someone that could draw the support of the business community and traditional Democratic constituencies."
The only other Democrat seeking the nomination is Eric Copeland, a Miami-Dade County tax attorney.
Florida Senate President Tom Lee of Brandon will kick off his campaign for the Republican nomination for CFO this week. Three other Republican lawmakers have also opened campaign accounts for the position: Sen. Charles Clary of Destin, Rep. Randy Johnson of Winter Garden and Rep. Dennis Ross of Lakeland.