[UPDATE] 10-12 2:21PM --
Attorney General Bill McCollum says he's leaning toward voting for fellow Republican Rick Scott in next month's governor's election despite their acrimonious, name-calling campaign.
It was the closest McCollum has come to indicating that he's
gotten over some of the bitterness that followed his loss to Scott
in the August primary election after their rancorous Republican
gubernatorial primary contest.
McCollum said Tuesday, Oct. 12, he has made overtures to the Scott
campaign to meet with their candidate, albeit unsuccessfully at
McCollum also said he would not vote for Democratic nominee Alex
Sink, who is Florida's chief financial officer, under any
circumstances. McCollum said he has big differences with Sink.
Tallahassee, Florida (AP) -- Attorney Bill McCollum has ceded the
Republican gubernatorial nomination to Rick Scott, but it's going
to take more than that for Scott to win McCollum's support in the
McCollum on Thursday, August 26 wouldn't even rule out an endorsement of Democrat Alex Sink.
McCollum said they have policy disagreements, but he wouldn't
rule out endorsing either of those two, or even Bud Chiles -- an
independent and son of former Gov. Lawton Chiles.
Scott spent a record $50 million to beat McCollum in the
McCollum, the sitting Attorney General, still has misgivings
about Scott's past. While Scott was CEO, the hospital company
Columbia/HCA perpetrated one of the largest Medicare frauds in U.S.
history. Scott left with a rich severance package, while the
company repaid the government a record $1.7 billion.