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Alex Sink, candidate for governor, PTA mom?

    Alexsink                                                                             Alex Sink, CFO of Florida, the candidate vying to be Florida's first female governor wants to strategically position herself as a PTA mom. Who knew the term would carry weight? Was it Sarah Palin who made being a PTA mom/hockey mom an asset or was it Nancy Pelosi?

    I have followed the career of Alex Sink for many years, which is why it caught me off guard when I read in The Miami Herald that she made a speech here yesterday and spoke of her pride as a PTA mom "who started her son and daughter's math club." In her first big speech, Sink never once uttered "banker." I have no doubt that Sink was involved in her children's lives. Her husband, a powerful lawyer who ran a large Florida law firm, was involved in their lives, too. I always admired the way the two of them formed a real partnership to balance work and family, complete with the time management struggles most working parents endure.

   But I always admired Sink most for the way she climbed to the top in a male dominated industry. She is the former Florida president of Bank of America, not an easy accomplishment for a woman. I once heard Sink speak to a woman's group about how a male top executive at the bank where she worked had mentored her and taught her just how to blend the tough and compassionate to be a real leader. Sink had a top job in the banking world, raised a family, helped her husband campaign for governor and has had a good run in her Cabinet-level post as chief executive officer of the state. I want her to talk about her life as a working mom, not just as a PTA mom. I don't care that banking is in a state of turmoil today and that bankers have lost their clout. I want to hear about Sink's accomplishments in business, government and in her family life. 

   Sink is the underdog in her race. She knows she needs to let the Florida voters know who she is and how she is different from her opponent who already has name recognition. She chose to talk about her personal story as a mom and as a child growing up on a farm. It's a good start. But  Alex Sink, if you are going to do us working mothers proud, we need less PTA and more of the complete package.



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Donny MacKenzie

I don't quite understand the point the author is trying to make. The piece properly points out that Sink is an accomplished and highly successful business person who obviously possesses great leadership abilities. It also points out that Sink was, and is, a fabulous mother who, along with her husband, struck a delicate balance and raised two children despite the work load. I think that, by definition, qualifies as a "working mother." The last time I checked, a "working mom" and a "PTA mom" were not mutually exclusive. Sadly, the two are most likely synonymous in today's society.

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real PTSA Mom

Sink is a liar - she was not a member of the PTA, never attended one meeting, never gave one dime. I know. My kid attended the same school at the same time as her two kids. There was not even a PTA at the school, at all. We started one (actually it was called the PTSA, not a PTA) and I was on the board the entire time in one capacity or another. You know where Sink and her lawyer hubby gave their time and money? To the school's athletic program, because both of her kids were athletes. It is a big football school and that was another way to "fame" for Sink and her husband. Nothing wrong with spending your time and money in that aspect, but she would stick her nose high in the air walking by our signup/donation tables, and she should not go and blatantly lie about something that can be verified so easily.

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