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Sink leveraging GOP attacks for money

Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink has been beating the bushes for money -- even though she has no re-election opponent in sight -- maybe just in case there's an open governor's seat in 2010.

Her latest appeal comes from Bob Graham, the former U.S. senator and governor. "It might feel like the next election is months and months away. But they're already coming after Alex,'' he says. "Just last week, the Republican Party of Florida spewed out three press releases in just three days -- each a bogus and desperate attack on Alex Sink.''

An e-mail last week sounded a similar theme: "They're already coming after me."

Indeed. The RPOF took Sink to task for criticizing Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum's no-bid contract with his former campaign consultant and for suggesting the state should consider investing in "toxic assets" being unloaded by banks nationwide.