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RedState defends Rick Scott against Bill McCollum attacks

On the same day a Bill McCollum associated group called Alliance for America's Future launched more than $900,000 in TV ads attacking Republican gubernatoral candidate Rick Scott - "Florida loses billions to health care fraud ... Rick Scott profited from the largest Medicare fraud scheme in American history ... Stop Medicare fraud, call and report companies like Rick Scott's (1-800-HHS-TIPS)" - RedState's influential conventional wisdom shaper Erick Erickson weighs in on Florida's GOP gubernatorial primary and, while ostensibly neutral, sounds decidedly unsympathetic with McCollum and rather sympathetic with Scott.

Read the whole thing, but here's the conclusion: ... In my review of the matter, it appears this is largely about a collision between a free market reformer and government bureaucrats trying to maintain an antiquated entitlement system. It looks worse than it is.

There is certainly stuff Bill McCollum can hit Rick Scott on. And there is stuff Rick Scott can hit McCollum on. I don’t have a dog in the fight. But I really bristle when Republicans start attacking using the Center for American Progress as the starting ground.

Finally, McCollum wouldn’t be having this problem at all if his campaign weren’t so lackluster with a sense of entitlement. That’s part of the problem Charlie Crist ran into and look what happened to him.

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[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 11:39am]

    

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