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Sink gets AFL-CIO endorsement

With no primary in sight and the election still 18 months away, the Florida AFL-CIO endorsed Chief Financial Office Alex Sink for governor. Sink, a Democrat, faces Republican Bill McCollum in the race to replace Gov. Charlie Crist, who is running for U.S. Senate. Neither have a primary but rumors keep circulating about unhappy Republicans trying to recruit a new candidate. The latest to surface: Lakeland Sen. Paula Dockery.

The AFL-CIO says it represents 500,000 workers, retirees and their families. Here's part of the statement from President Cindy Hall:

"Our working families, who I am privileged to represent, are desperate for real change in Tallahassee and they are firmly convinced that Alex Sink has the strength, intelligence, experience and compassion to be the agent of that change.

"The responses of our legislative leaders to Florida’s current economic crisis make it abundantly clear that the people of Florida can no longer rely on Tallahassee’s entrenched power brokers to provide the real leadership we need to safely navigate these troubled times."