From Marc Caputo: Will she or won’t she run?

Don’t ask Alex Sink. She sounds utterly unsure about whether she’ll run for governor. But the 2010 Democratic candidate and prior state CFO at least sounds sincere about it.

Sink acknowledges she’s “tempted.”

“I go back and forth,” she said, adding she’ll decide by Oct. 25, when the state Democratic Party kicks off its state convention. “I really don’t know.”
The vacillation is understandable. Running for governor in a state as big, varied and divided as Florida is taxing. Gov. Rick Scott’s team plays hardball. But Sink came so close to beating Scott in 2010 that perhaps it was inevitable she would reconsider a bid.

Sink is also conflicted about her potential rivals. She has an apparent affinity for former state Sen. Nan Rich, the only major announced Democratic candidate, and – more surprisingly so – former Gov. Charlie Crist, a Republican-turned-independent-turned-Democrat considering a run.

Yesterday, Sink seemed to actually boost Crist’s candidacy by implicitly suggesting he stood for the little guy and earned the enmity of the insurance industry, which might fund his opponents. Sink didn’t have to say anything remotely supportive of Crist.

And while she has previously questioned Crist’s Democratic conversion and sincerity, she also said she was happy he became a Democrat.

“I have publicly welcomed him to the Democratic Party, and on one hand share our values,” she said in July.

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