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Dem govs raise $1 mil in Miami Beach

Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink, the leading Democratic candidate for governor, helped raise $1 million for the Democratic Governors Association tonight at the Miami Beach home of developer Michael Adler.

Sink expects to see a piece of the action. The DGA has identified Florida as one of its top pick-up opportunities and pledged to spent at least $1 million on Sink's behalf in 2010. In contrast, the DGA invested less than $100,000 in the 2006 Democratic nominee for governor in 2006, Jim Davis.

"It didn't look that competitive,'' said Nathan Daschle, DGA executive director. "Now, there's all this chaos on the Republican side and we're in a position to invest real money.''

By "chaos'' Daschle said he meant the unexpected gubernatorial bid by Republican Rick Scott, a former health care executive and multi-millionaire who has recently poured $4.7 million into a statewide TV blitz. That's more than the GOP frontrunner, Attorney General Bill McCollum, has raised in the past year.

"Looks like McCollum will have his hands full while our candidate will get to keep talking about the things people care about, like jobs,'' said Delaware Gov. Jack Markell, who heads the DGA and attended the fundraiser tonight along with Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell and New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson.

The DGA's treasurer this year is Alex Heckler, who recently set up his own government consulting firm based in Miami Beach.