Florida Politician Cheats With a Text During Nationally Televised Debate

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Click to viewFlorida's gubernatorial race has been too tight to call, which is why CNN brought the two candidates on for a debate last night. During which Democrat Alex Sink was busted, on camera, for receiving an illicit text from her campaign.

During a break in the proceedings, Sink was apparently shown a text message from an adviser that read:

"The attorney who [w]on the Sykes suit said alex sink did nothing wrong. Tell not to let him keep talking about her."


Outside interference—especially in the form of advice from your campaign team—was a big no-no, explicitly prohibited in the rules agreed on by both sides. And Sink managed to do it in plain sight of her opponent, Rick Scott.

Scott called Sink out immediately, despite having a hard time placing whether it was an iPad or iPod (actually a Droid) that relayed the message. Whether this will have any meaningful impact on the polls isn't clear. And frankly, I'm much more concerned with how awkward the moments after this clip cuts off must have been. [CNN via NY Mag]