Politics & Government

Gaffe during Florida governor's debate spurring controversy

TALLAHASSEE -- In a campaign season of wall-to-wall negative commercials, Democrat Alex Sink's worst television moment came during a commercial break.

Sink was holding her own against Republican Rick Scott at the nationally televised CNN/St. Petersburg Times debate Monday night when a makeup artist hurried up to her.

But rather than break out face powder, the woman handed Sink a Motorola Droid smartphone that bore a message from a top Sink campaign advisor.

It was a debate talking point -- and therefore a violation of the rules for the gubernatorial debate.

As soon as the debate resumed, Scott made political hay of the rule-breaking. Sink soon jettisoned the senior advisor -- Coral Gables-based insurance lobbyist Brian May -- from her campaign. And the news of the flap quickly eclipsed the substance of the debate on blogs and cable news stations.

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