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Alex Sink IDs fired staffer, Brian May, says she didn't mean to break debate rules

Alex Sink just confirmed that the staffer she fired afterr last night's debate was Brian May, who had sent a text message/email to the Droid of her make-up artist, who in turn shared it with the Democrat amid the gubernatorial debate last night.

The incident had a double irony for Sink: 1) May signed the debate agreement that essentially outlawed the message-passing, 2) Sink has spent considerable time and political capital trying to make Scott out to be the cheater due to the Medicare fraud in the past of his former company, Columbia/HCA.

When Republican Rick Scott saw what happened he complained that Sink broke the rules, claiming to the studio audience that she was shown a message on an iPad (it was, again, a Droid, so the Republican Party of Florida's catchy "iCheat" moniker is a no-go).

May (a Miami-Dade lobbyist, and former staffer in Bill Nelson's office when he was insurance commissioner) started working with the campaign this spring and served as a top advisor to Sink.

Sink said she didn't know about the message or its contents until she was shown the message. We didn't get much time for follow up because, Sink said, she had a plane to catch and she spent most of her explanation laying into Scott for what she said was his characterization of Panhandle residents as whiners from the oil spill. More later