November 6th, 2010
11:08 AM ET
12 years ago

Losing Dem: White House is 'tone deaf'

(CNN) – Days after narrowly losing her bid for Florida governor, Democrat Alex Sink is now directing her fire at the White House.

In an interview with Politico, Sink says the White House is “tone deaf” when it comes to understanding how its actions are being greeted by the majority of Americans.

“They got a huge wake-up call two days ago, but unfortunately they took a lot of Democrats down with them,” Sink told Politico, adding, “They just need to be better listeners and be better at reaching out to people who are on the ground to hear about the realities of their policies as well as politics.”

Sink, the state’s chief financial officer, narrowly lost to Republican Rick Scott, a former health care executive who largely financed his campaign with millions of dollars of his own money.

“I faced headwinds from Washington that I liken to a tsunami and was going up against a guy who had unlimited resources,” Sink also said. “I could have overcome either one but not both.”

Sink lost her bid by about 65,000 votes, according to the latest total with 90 percent of precincts reporting.

The Florida Democrat specifically targeted the White House over its handling of the gulf oil spill last summer and its implementation of health care reform.

"I think they were tone-deaf,” she said. “They weren't interested in hearing my opinion on what was happening on the ground with the oil spill. And they never acknowledged that they had problems with the acceptance of health care reform.”

Filed under: 2010 • Alex Sink • Florida
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  1. becket1

    Right or wrong term–someone there needs a political adult.

    November 6, 2010 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
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