Fla GOP scandal could dog Bill McCollum
Republican gubernatorial candidate Bill McCollum has had a nice ride recently, as Democrat Alex Sink has struggled to find a coherent message and had a series of campaign staff shakeups. But one issue to keep an eye on is how the ongoing Florida GOP scandal and lawsuit over secret contracts, lavish spending and the ouster of former chairman Jim Greer plays out. Among those pushing for reform and transparency in the state GOP, Attorney General McCollum appears to be close to the back row.
"Bill McCollum brought a broom to RPOF headquarters, but only to sweep things under the rug," said Republican state Sen. Paula Dockery of Lakeland, the underdog in the GOP Republican primary. "The people of Florida deserve answers about how their chief law enforcement officer acts when he thinks no one's watching. The last thing they want is a candidate who secretly negotiates a six-figure deal for a kingpin who claims to have made McCollum the presumptive nominee."
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McCollum campaign spokeswoman Kristy Campbell: "Attorney General McCollum has long-stated his concerns with former Chairman Jim Greer’s leadership of the Republican Party of Florida. He has approached these issues methodically, judiciously and with due diligence. Attorney General McCollum has done exactly what he has said he would do, and now a criminal investigation is underway. He supports Chairman Thrasher’s comprehensive efforts to address these concerns and restore the Party’s integrity."