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The gall of Rick Scott, the dullness of Bill McCollum, Alex Sink



Howard Troxler: It takes a certain amount of gall to run a company that systematically ripped off the U.S. government, the taxpayers and the sick and weak — and then to run for governor of Florida.

On the other hand, if you have money, you can afford a lot of gall. Also television commercials. Rick Scott, the former hospital corporation chief turned politician, has spent $16 million so far to become the Republican nominee for governor in Florida — and he's winning or close to it.....

...(McCollum) is not Mr. Excitement. Indeed he is the very embodiment of Politics as Usual. He is the perfect target for a Rick Scott-style campaign. Scott even uses a pinched, prissy sound bite from McCollum in his commercials -— to deadly effect. I laugh every time I hear it....Alex Sink, the Democratic candidate for governor, is as uninspiring as McCollum. She is lucky not to have a Scott in her own party primary. At this rate she might well end up facing Scott in November anyway — and unless she gets better campaign stuff, it will not go well for her.

[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 10:43am]


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