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Alex Sink picks up another Hispanic Republican

Republican State Sen. Alex Villalobos, term-limited and no stranger to bucking his party, threw his support behind Democratic gubernatorial candidate Alex Sink Monday in Miami Dade College's Kendall campus.

"I've never understood how you can make so many serious allegations against someone one day and then two days later stand by them and say this is the person that's going to lead the state," said Villalobos, referring to the GOP nominee for governor, Rick Scott. Villalobos, who has also endorsed ex-Republican Gov. Charlie Crist for U.S. Senate and Democrat Dan Gelber for attorney general,said he sees eye-to-eye with Sink on issues of ethical reform in Tallahassee. "Alex Sink has consistently called me on issues, looked to work with me," he said.

Sink called Villalobos "one of the most courageous public servants I have ever been associated with" and stressed her shared education interest with Villalobos, a critic of the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test and of a controversial bill this year overhauling teacher tenure and pay.

"There really shouldn't be anything Republican or Democrat about education," said Sink, who was also joined by Republican supporter and newly elected Miami-Dade School Board member Raquel Regalado and Democratic state Rep. Luis Garcia of Miami Beach. He, too, has ruffled feathers in his party by backing Crist.

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