Chamber backs Bill McCollum; AIF backs Rick Scott, too
Attorney General Bill McCollum went to the Port of Tampa on Wednesday morning to tout what his campaign called a "major announcement" -- an endorsement from the Florida Chamber of Commerce. The statewide business group said it's the first time it has taken sides in a governor's race.
Another group that lobbies for business, Associated Industries of Florida, is co-endorsing McCollum and Republican rival Rick Scott. AIF's Barney Bishop said Scott won the co-endorsement through his "conservative philosophy, which is one that all of the business community can support."
McCollum said he suspects Scott got AIF's nod because he spent several years on the group's board. "They didn't not support me," McCollum said. "I suspect they endorsed both of us because he's a board member." McCollum spokeswoman Kristy Campbell also noted that Scott owns a health care company, Solantic, that is represented on AIF's board of directors.