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Bill McCollum endorses the man who denied him shot at governor

Former Florida AG Bill McCollum today endorsed Gov. Rick Scott, the man who beat him in the 2010 primary and upended state politics.

Scott once referred to McCollum as the "Tonya Harding of Florida politics," as Gary Fineout of The Associated Press reminds us.

“In 2010, Governor Scott and I competed in a very close and hard fought primary," McCollum said in a statement released by Scott's campaign. "Over the last four years, Governor Scott has done a great job for Florida families and served our state very well.  His record on helping Floridians create jobs and supporting education has helped families throughout our state, and I am proud to endorse him for re-election today.

"As someone who served on the Florida Cabinet with then Governor Charlie Crist and had a good working relationship, I find many of his views and positions today vastly different. Governor Crist always was proud to be known as ‘Mr. Open Government.’ I find his recent refusal to release his and his spouse's tax returns very surprising and disappointing. Government in the sunshine has been the law, and transparency has been a bedrock principle of Florida government and Florida politics for many years. In making their decision in the Governor's race this fall Florida voters deserve to know the sources of income of the candidates and their spouses, and they deserve a Governor committed to sunshine and transparency."

 

[Last modified: Tuesday, July 1, 2014 10:06am]

    

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