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'Burger Bill' McCollum at Five Guys in Tampa



The current governor is famous for not eating during the day, but that's not a problem for Bill McCollum. The Republican candidate for governor feasted on a burger and fries for lunch Monday at Five Guys on W Kennedy Boulevard in Tampa.

It wasn't a big crowd -- five guys and maybe five or 10 women -- and they donned Team McCollum T-shirts and formed a backdrop while the candidate fielded questions.

"Polls are all over the place, but the most credible polls have us up between four and 10 points. I'm pleased with that," McCollum said. He agreed with the observation that GOP voters, disgusted by the tone of the primary, are ready for it to end, and he said he can unify Republicans, even if 42 or 44 percent of them cast ballots for Rick Scott.

In the McCollum camp, signs are abundant that a Scott victory Tuesday would make it difficult to unify the Republicans in November. Angela Panezze, 33, a Hillsborough GOP activist who does health care marketing, says she can't support Scott. "If it comes down to it, I've got to say that I probably would vote for Alex Sink," she said.

Afterward, McCollum waved signs and dodged raindrops at the corner of W Kennedy and Dale Mabry. Scott was doing the same a couple of miles north.

Steve Bousquet, Times/Herald Tallahassee Bureau


[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 10:22am]


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