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From the staff of the Tampa Bay Times

Republican foes, lobbyists now flock to Scott

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September

In the aftermath of a mean-spirited primary, supporters of vanquished Bill McCollum are eagerly boarding the Rick Scott bandwagon, especially those Tallahassee special interests Scott vilified in the primary.

When McCollum got money from special interests, Scott speculated about what they were getting in return. But now that he's taking their money, Scott says they won't get anything from him.

"Everybody knows that I've put up a lot of money, that I'll never be owned by somebody else," Scott said Friday after private meetings with a slew of lobbyists. "It's unlikely that anybody that is going to contribute has any belief that they're going to be controlling my decisions."

Scott has hired most of McCollum's fundraising team. And he went on a "unity tour" this week with career politicians in the Legislature who backed McCollum. (story here)

[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 11:27am]

    

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