Florida's leading candidates for governor boast of their savvy business experience and ability to create new jobs, but left unspoken is that each left a trail of pink slips as they blazed through the cutthroat world of corporate mega-mergers.
Democrat Alex Sink and Republican Rick Scott each eliminated an estimated 6,000 Florida jobs over their careers, according to a Miami Herald/St. Petersburg Times analysis of a decade worth of news reports, company records and hospital data from the 1990s. Scott accounted for at least 2,000 more job reductions in hospitals outside Florida, according to news reports.
Still, the strikingly similar job-loss numbers underscore how much the two candidates have in common -- even as they play up their partisan differences in the campaign to lead a state where one million people can't find work and 1 in every 155 houses is in foreclosure. More here.