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Sink makes her pick official: Rod Smith

Democrat Alex Sink's gubernatorial campaign is confirming she picked former state Sen. Rod Smith as her running mate. The story broke Monday but the campaign is just now making it official.

In a statement, Sink said: "Rod Smith shares my commitment to growing Florida’s economy, improving our public schools, and holding state government accountable.  As a former prosecutor, Rod knows how to root out corruption and he will be a strong partner to clean up the mess in Tallahassee.  I am proud to have Rod Smith join me as we stand up for the priorities of Floridians and fight for the future of our state."

And Smith, in accepting the nod, said in a statement released by the campaign: "I am proud to stand with Alex Sink and know she has the right experience and detailed plans to grow Florida’s economy, improve public education and finally hold those politicians in Tallahassee accountable.  Alex has the decades of real world experience we need to get our state back on track and I am honored that she selected me to join her as her lieutenant governor.

"Like Alex, I was raised on a family farm – we both know the value of hard work and family, and have a deep love of Florida.  I spent my life standing up for working Floridians and protecting our communities, and I share her commitment to integrity and service.  I look forward to working alongside Alex – together we will bring the common-sense, problem solving approach needed to move our state forward."

Mary Ellen Klas