Sink: 'We can't just give up on Congress' - FOX 13 News

Sink: 'We can't just give up on Congress'

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Florida's former Chief Financial Officer and gubernatorial candidate Alex Sink says she's running for Rep. Bill Young's Congressional seat.

Reports this week indicated Sink was going to run, and on Wednesday morning, her campaign released the official announcement.

In it, Sink, who lost to Gov. Rick Scott, says she's hoping to restore "problem-solving leadership" in Washington.

"Everywhere I go in Pinellas County, there's a deep frustration with the dysfunctional and reckless politics of Washington that was responsible for the painful, irresponsible shutdown of our nation's government," Alex Sink said in a statement.

The seat opened after Rep. Young's recent death. Sink is moving from east Hillsborough to Pinellas County.

A primary for the seat could come early in 2014.

Sink spoke with Fox 13 Political Editor Craig Patrick at a campaign event Wednesday afternoon in Clearwater.

"I have been so angry and frustrated by the whole government shutdown, the way it hurts people," she said. "I just think Washington's not working and I'm somebody who likes to be a problem solver. I can be one of those people to work across party lines because that's what I've done my whole life. That's what I did in Tallahassee, and I believe that we can't just give up on Congress. It's too important and I want to be part of the solution."

Sink currently lives in Hillsborough County, and is running for an open seat in Pinellas County. She said she plans to move to Pinellas in a few weeks. Republicans are already attacking sink for not living in the district.

"I've been active in the business community in Pinellas County for decades. I've served the people of Pinellas County. They've voted for me twice already. They voted for me for Chief Financial Officer and for governor and I've advocated on their behalf," she countered.

The primary will be held January 14th and the special election will take place on March 11th.

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