Other names that have surfaced:
* Former state Sen. Rod Smith, a former Alachua County state senator and conservative choice from the middle of the state who has some name recognition as a former candidate for governor.
* Former Miami Mayor Miami Diaz, a Cuban-American who could draw Hispanic voters in the voter-rich county of Miami Dade and could pull voters afraid of Scott or McCollum's hard line on immigration.
* Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer, a former state senator.
* State Rep. Keith Fitzgerald of Sarasota, a politician science professor at New College.
"She is actively looking at who would be the best fit for her in the governor's office,'' said Steve Schale, a Democratic consultant who is advising Sink. He said she is undergoing a very methodical process and "it's something she's taking seriously.''
Schale denied that Sink is calculating a political advantage as she considers who to pick. "Her No. 1 priority is the find somebody that's a good fit for her to govern,'' he said. "There are a lot of folks who want to judge the politics of it -- what region benefits, that kind of thing. But I don't believe she will make a selection on those kinds of variables.''
Is that short-sighted? "You make a good pick and the politics works itself out,'' he said.