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The Progressive Democrat Newsletter grew out of the frustration of the 2004 election. Originally intended for New York City progressives, its readership is now national. For anyone who wants to be alerted by email whenever this newsletter is updated (usually weekly), please send your email address and let me know what state you live in (so I can keep track of my readership).

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  • Friday, July 31, 2009

    Florida Fire Fighters Endorse Alex Sink for Governor

    I have always greatly respected firefighters. Of course after 9/11, when I lost a friend in the WTC and half the personnel from my local firehouse were killed, my respect for them grew enormously...naturally. Since 9/11, I have helped publicize the health problems NYC firefighters have had since 9/11 and the fact that mayor Bloomberg has done all he can to avoid helping them.

    And now that I have a young son, we can't pass a firehouse without him getting excited. So I like to highlight it when they take a political stand.

    I endorsd Alex Sink for Florida CFO. I was then told by a contact in Florida that Alex Sink was excellent and will be up and coming. Well, that has certainly proven true. She has been an excellent CFO of Florida and is now running for Governor. And Florida's firefighters have come out in support of her candidacy. This is from last month, but well worth covering anyway. From Alex Sink's website:

    Florida's Firefighters Endorse Alex Sink for Governor

    TALLAHASSEE— After hearing CFO and State Fire Marshall Alex Sink address their 65th Annual Convention in Orlando this afternoon, Florida's firefighters and emergency medical services personnel enthusiastically endorsed Sink for Governor of Florida in the 2010 election.

    The Florida Professional Firefighters, Inc. represents 24,000 full-time, paid professional firefighters and emergency medical services personnel around the state and was first organized in 1944 under the International Association of Fire Fighters.

    "Florida's firefighters are proud to endorse Alex Sink as Florida's next governor," said FPF President Bob Carver. "Alex Sink has worked with firefighters to make Florida a safer place to work and live. She understands what law enforcement needs to keep the people of Florida safe, and she is the leader we need to face our current challenges."

    As State Fire Marshal, Alex Sink leads the state division responsible for investigating arson crimes. Each year, the Division of State Fire Marshal analyzes more than 10,000 pieces of evidence and investigates more than 4,000 fires annually. Sink's fire investigators make arrests in 18 percent of the cases they investigate, higher than the national average. The Division of State Fire Marshal also certifies and trains firefighters around the state, and inspects 14,000 state-owned buildings annually.

    "It takes courage to answer the call to be a firefighter, and it has been an honor to work with these heroes," said Alex Sink. "These brave men and women selflessly put their lives at risk every day to protect Floridians around the state, and I'm proud and humbled to have earned their support."


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