Before Charlie Crist went Independent, the Florida U.S. Senate election was composed of two Republicans and a Democrat who was barely part of the race from the beginning. The election for Governor is not all that different. Bill McCollum, the current Attorney General, is running against Rick Scott, a Naples businessman, and Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink is the leading Democratic candidate.
Bill McCollum is a Florida native and has been a public servant for almost three decades. After graduating from law school at the University of Florida, he served in the U.S. Navy and retired as a Commander. After his Navy career, he represented Central Florida in the U.S. Congress, served on the Judiciary Committee and is currently the Attorney General to Governor Charlie Crist. He is highly favored among the majority of Florida Republicans and Conservatives, supporting fiscally and socially conservative policy.
McCollum’s opponent, Rick Scott , has revealed himself and is posing a heavy challenge towards McCollum for the Republican nomination. Scott, a Naples businessman, is originally from Illinois but has lived in Florida since 1997. He is a fervent opponent to President Obama’s health care bill and the campaign against the bill launched with the founding of “Conservatives for Patients Rights.”
Presently, Scott and McCollum have fallen victim to arguing over issues that are dealt with more by the federal government rather than state government. For example, Scott has used Arizona’s controversial immigration law and applied it to Florida. The problem with this action is that immigration should be a federal issue rather than a state issue. If every state has a different immigration law, more problems will fall onto the state with the more lenient legislation. McCollum has counteracted Scott’s folly by making Florida the leading state in opposition to the health care reform bill. But these federal issues are not what the two contenders should be arguing over. There are many state issues that the next Florida Governor needs to take care of.
When voting for one of these candidates, look at their voting record and background. Make sure your candidate of choice is accurately representing you on a state level.
Supporter of Bill McCollum? The Republican Party of Sarasota is hosting a fundraiser at GC Eagle (Gold Coast Eagle Distributing) on 7051 Wireless Court in Lakewood Ranch, Sarasota. It takes place on June 17th from 5:30-7:00pm; the suggested donation is $250 per person. To RSVP, contact Gretchen Picotte at [email protected]