Personally, I started out liking Rick Scott, but now it seems to be a mud-slinging contest from both sides. I wish they would get back to principles so we would know where each stands on the issues and we could then make an educated choice.
These mud-slinging campaigns only let us choose the "lesser of 2 evils" which is part of the reason we are in the situation we are today.
I totally agree. The problem is we are just a few days away from this very important primary. After that we'll have the one candidate we can vote for. Everyone seems confused on these two and the race is very close. So far I don't think Scott has earned all this support because all he's done is bash career politicians. What's wrong with being a career public servant if you are a good one. He has NO government service at all. Why doesn't he start in the house or senate first? For Scott I think it's all about the power - but the question is why?
I don't like the bashing either. Rick Scott is a slick talk politician in the business world. Rick Scott and Bill McCollum both spoke at DCWORKSFORUS in Coral Springs. At first, I was leaning towards Rick Scott. When I heard Bill McCollum, I felt very comfortable when Bill was speaking. He stuck to the issues and even gave many solutions. Rick Scott did not want to face 2 reporters that showed up at our meeting and was very upset. He pulled up with a limo, came in the back door and left using the back door again. Bill McCollum came through the front door and left using the front door. That alone is telling you something. I found Bill McCollum had more values and principles I am now leaning towards Bill McCollum and I am glad he is exposing Rick Scott's many scams to get rich on our taxpayers money You can do your own reseach and decide for yourself.
Washington Times: Don't Be Fooled by Rick Scott, McCollum Is the Real Conservative
By Quin Hillyer for the Washington Times
Bill McCollum, Florida's attorney general, is involved in the challenge. The Florida case cites a violation of the 10th Amendment, which reserves those powers not spelled out under the federal government in the Constitution to the state governments, and argues that the health care law's expansion of state Medicaid programs threatens state sovereignty.
This may be the year for conservatives to fight the "establishment," but that certainly doesn't mean that every right-leaning newcomer is preferable to long-standing conservatives. Conservative leaders make a big mistake if they don't rally around just such a stalwart, the ever-reliable Bill McCollum, in his race for governor of Florida.
The Wealthy Never Make This Mistake
Mr. McCollum, the current attorney general and former 10-term congressman, is trying to fight off big-money hospital magnate Rick Scott, a latecomer both to this race and to Florida civic life in general. At the national level, the four-way U.S. Senate race in Florida clearly has shown more sex appeal - but the governorship of Florida probably will be more important for the national conservative cause. The governorship is crucial for congressional redistricting, for ensuring fair election procedures in the 2012 presidential race and for oversight of a state government that frequently serves as a flash point for national policy issues.
After first being elected to Congress in 1980, Mr. McCollum was not just vaguely conservative, but a real member of the conservative movement, compiling a 20-year rating of 89 from the American Conservative Union. He was excellent on taxes (national supply-side leader Steve Forbes has endorsed and actively campaigned with him), solid against government waste, strongly for free enterprise, an ace for gun rights and perfectly pro-life. But Mr. McCollum, an officer in the Navy Judge Advocate General's Corps for 23 years, clearly made his biggest mark on issues of law, order and counter-terrorism, where he was perhaps the single most effective long-term leader in the House and authored four of the anti-crime provisions of the 1994 Contract with America.
For instance, Mr. McCollum was a prime mover behind federal truth-in-sentencing laws. He was a voice of sanity as a key member of both the Reagan-era Iran-Contra hearings and as one of the team handling the Clinton impeachment inquiry. His legislation helped end the abuse of endless habeas corpus appeals of the death penalty. And when Rep. Bob Livingston in 1993 introduced federal "three strikes" life-sentence legislation (the right sort of "three strikes," aimed at particularly violent crimes, not mere shoplifting), Mr. McCollum was one of the first three House members to sign on as a sponsor and help push it into law.
As attorney general, Mr. McCollum has fought against encroachments from the big-money liberal plaintiffs' bar. He sponsored and shepherded through the legislature a bill to limit and make transparent the contingency fees that outside lawyers get paid when they file suits on behalf of state taxpayers - thus, of course, leaving more for the taxpayers themselves. And, most important to conservatives nationwide, he organized and leads the 19-state coalition of attorneys general who are suing to have the horrendous mandates in Obamacare be adjudged unconstitutional.
With such a record, it is no wonder Mr. McCollum has been endorsed by conservative leaders such as former Gov. Jeb Bush and former U.S. House Majority Leader Dick Armey and by almost the entire Florida Republican congressional and state legislative delegations.
With all that going for him, Mr. McCollum was supposed to be a shoo-in for the Republican nomination for governor and the favorite to beat a Democrat in the fall. He did not count on having Mr. Scott jump in the race and throw more than $21 million in just a couple of months into smearing him. Even in an age of hardball politics, the Scott ads have been so below the belt as to be the political equivalent of rape. One ad slammed Mr. McCollum's pro-life credentials by saying he had accepted "thousands from lobbyists for Planned Parenthood." So unfair was the charge that Politifact gave this ad a "Pants on Fire" rating. Why? Because the lobbyists in question gave just $1,000 in each of the two years of 1997 and 1998 to Mr. McCollum - two full years before they did any lobbying for Planned Parenthood. To tie Mr. McCollum to Planned Parenthood in this way is akin to blaming a corner grocery store for selling bubble gum to a teenager who three years later robs a bank.
As is now being amply discussed on Florida news pages, it is Mr. Scott who got rich in questionable ways. He accumulated most of his millions when he was the chief executive of the national Columbia/HCA hospital company. While he himself was never charged with criminality, the company ended up being forced to pay a record $1.7 billion - yes, billion - in fines for various forms of fraud, most of which occurred on his watch. Mr. Scott claimed to have been oblivious to the shenanigans - to which Nell Minow of the Corporate Library, a watchdog group, had this comment: "Being ignorant of all that doesn't inspire confidence... It's no better to be a schnook than a crook."
Rick Scott became a minor conservative hero last year for bankrolling major efforts to fight Obamacare. But should that be enough, absent other major unsullied bona fides nationally or in Florida, to be given a leg up on somebody like Mr. McCollum with a quarter-century of dedicated, effective service to the cause?
Mccollum is a flip-fopper incarnate.The hospitals under Scott's watch were,indeed,caught bilking
the system,but He takes resposibility for this,and took steps to correct it.Fact of the matter is,
the hospitals under His watch also provided the BEST health-care in Florida,and that is not by mistake.
EVERY medical-care facility is bilking the system,Scott caught the ones under His watch.
Mr.Bill has flipped on immigration just like kerry on the war.(Uhhh..I was for it before i was against it)
Scott is a businessman,not a lobbyist.LET'S GET TO WORK!
McCollum is just like Kagan and Sotomayor,singing the song every one wants to hear,while flipping
on immigration law.That cuts him out of My support right there.Sorry,billy,Americans want justice.
Scott will bring the AZ law to Florida.Enough of Our People are out of work.Time to make a stand.
Once again the voters devour the rhetoric and demand no substance. McCollum had 61 pages of detailed information about what he would do on his web site. Scott had, "I'll fix underwater mortgages" (how), "I'll create jobs" (how), McCollum is a career politician (but I have no experience at all and a shady past). We're supposed to be getting smarter, learning from past mistakes, but this is like the choice between Obama and McGovern all over again only, it's Sink and Scott. We bet the farm on a complete unknown and asked nothing from him but hollow promises. He bought the election from gullible voters.
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