CFO Sink told to call BP 800 number for info

Florida’s Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink was told by the PR girl for British Petroleum that Sink, who is also a Democratic candidate for Florida governor, that could call the oil giant’s 800-number if she wanted to talk with someone higher up in the company.

Sink wasn’t too happy about the brush-off when I questioned her at brief press conference this morning following an area meeting at the Escamibia County Emergency Operations Center.

Sink and Congressman Jeff Miller attended the EOC meeting and were heading to Mobile, Ala. for another briefing with the Unified Command on the BP oil spill.

“When I get there, I will demand that the BP executive give me the name of someone responsible who will contact me personally and my office,” Sink said. “I want to get a real live person at BP who can tell us about the claims process and how to get cash in the the hands of small businesses hurt by this.”

I also tried to get the BP spokesman, Liz Castro, to also answer questions at the press conference, but Castro left the EOC immediately after her quick, personal briefing with CFO Alex Sink and was unavailable to the press.