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Bill McCollum at Tiger Bay

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Mansion Envy, or, Navy Man Wants to Board Sinking Ship – When elected in 2006, Florida’s Attorney General was heard to say he’d gotten the best job in Florida! Yet just two years later, Bill McCollum is eying the Governor’s Mansion should the Governor decamp for the U.S. Senate. In his time as the “AG” McCollum has focused like a laser-beam on kiddy porn and cyber crime, hunted gas stations which might be charging too much, and generally avoided making any missteps like winning a title with the words “chief” and “financial” in them in these financially hard times. But why does he want to become the CEO of a financially sinking ship of state? Does the moniker “general” just so not fit this former Navy Commander? Or does he feel his many years in Congress will allow him to “hit the ground running” in dealing with Tallahassee’s growing lobbyist corps? And when he departs his current gig, does he see a soon-to-be unemployed lawyer-mayor as a worthy successor to the “best job in Florida”?

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.

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