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Bill McCollum's inconsistency on Scott Rothstein

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November

Mccollrothst Three days ago we asked the Bill McCollum gubernatorial campaign if he intended to call on the Republican Governor's Association to return the $200,000 contribution it received Nov. 17, 2008 from Scott Rothstein. McCollum, after all, was quick to call for both the state GOP and Alex Sink to return all money connected to Rothstein. But team McCollum has been nearly-silent on the RGA donation besides the suggestion that maybe it wasn't part of the current election cycle, (though the '08 election was over when Rothstein wrote that check). We're still awaiting a response.

A couple thoughts come to mind about this:

1. Bill McCollum sees the state GOP under Jim Greer as doing zero to help his campaign. He has no reluctance to throw Greer and Co. under the Rothstein bus, but maybe not the RGA that could be helpful.

2. The Republican gubernatorial campaign feels like it's being run and managed by committee. This is smallest and latest example of the campaign looking slow and wobbly - from weak fundraising in the last quarter to a laughable rollout of its fundraising total, to its inability to quiet the considerable doubts about McCollum's strength.

We're still unclear what the McCollum's anti-Sink message is because it keeps changing: First she was a sleazy banker. Then it was that she's too wishy-washy and won't take positions. More recently it seems to be that she's a liberal pal of President Barack Obama but won't own up to it.

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[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 2:06pm]

    

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