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Alex Sink Cheats Florida Gubernatorial Debate With Droid Phone

Alex Sink
Florida's tight gubernatorial race between Democrat Alex Sink and Republican Rick Scott turned controversial Monday night, thanks to one foolhardy aide and a Droid smartphone.

Prior to Monday's CNN-sponsored debate, both candidates had agreed not to use notes in their volleys back and forth. During a commercial break from the action, however, Sink's makeup artist showed her a brief message that a campaign adviser had sent to her Droid phone. "The attorney who [w]on the Sykes suit said alex sink did nothing wrong," the message read. "Tell not to let him keep talking about her." When Scott spotted the exchange between the makeup artist and his opponent, he immediately notified a CNN official, who confiscated the phone.

Following the debate, Sink's campaign released a statement conceding that the adviser had violated the rules, and asserting that he had been disciplined accordingly . "After the debate tonight, one of my campaign advisers admitted he tried to communicate with me during one of the breaks," Sink said. "While he told me it was out of anger with Rick Scott's repeated distortion of facts, it was a foolish thing to do. It violated a debate agreement, and I immediately removed him from the campaign."

Scott, meanwhile, wasted no time in alerting the public to his opponent's violation. "First, Alex, you say you always follow the rules," Scott said immediately after the commercial break. "The rule was no one was supposed to give us messages during the break, and your campaign did with an iPad or an iPod."

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