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Alex Sink getting love from Hispanic Republican

Newly elected Miami-Dade School Board member Raquel Regalado -- a Republican, though her seat is non-partisan -- is endorsing Democrat Alex Sink for Florida governor.

Last week, Regalado attended a Little Havana event featuring a group of Hispanic Republican women backing Sink, the state's chief financial officer. Tuesday evening, Regalado will campaign for Sink at an event in Coral Gables.

"I have known Alex Sink for many years and I feel confident that with her decades as a successful business leader, she is best suited to help grow our economy, create jobs, and help lead our state to a more prosperous future," Regalado said in a statement.  "Alex also understands the important link between a quality education system and a strong economy, and I fully support her plan to improve our schools and build a higher-quality, more accountable education system for our students."

Her father, Miami Mayor Tomás Regalado, has not formally backed either Sink or Republican Rick Scott and said Tuesday he hopes to hear from both candidates about how their plans could affect the city. But the mayor, who is a Republican, also had mighty nice things to say about Sink.

"I like her very much," he said, praising Sink for coming back to South Florida to talk to voters after being elected CFO, as she had promised. "I would think that if I have to go with anybody, I would go with her. I don't look at parties, I look at people."