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Removed from spotlight, Bill McCollum has his moment in the high court



WASHINGTON — If you cheered the Obama administration's poor performance defending the health care law before the U.S. Supreme Court last week, thank the Wall Street Journal and Bill McCollum.


It was Sept. 18, 2009, and then-Florida Attorney General McCollum took the newspaper to lunch in Tallahassee and read a column that asserted that the law's requirement that Americans carry insurance or pay a penalty is unconstitutional.

"My gut was this makes all the sense in the world," McCollum recalled in an interview with the Tampa Bay Times.

He asked his staff to do some research. And seven minutes after President Barack Obama signed the Affordable Care Act into law in March 2010, McCollum filed suit in Pensacola.

As three days of oral arguments began last week, it was McCollum's successor, Pam Bondi, getting all the media attention. McCollum, 67, ran for governor in 2010 and lost the Republican primary to Rick Scott.

But from a side seat in the high court, McCollum had his moment. (story here)

[Last modified: Wednesday, April 4, 2012 4:57pm]


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