With 10 terms in Congress and four years as attorney general, Bill McCollum was anointed last year by Republican Party officials to run for governor. But what would count as solid experience most years is a mixed blessing at best in 2010. Health care multimillionaire Rick Scott, his primary opponent, has launched a wall-to-wall TV ad blitz boasting of never having held office. Is this truly the year of outsider or does the seasoned McCollum have the right stuff to fight off Scott’s challenge? McCollum readily accepted an invitation to the Tigers’ Den to make his case. He boasts of a variety of strong conservative credentials — a consistent pro-life record and endorsements from Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich. He was first of a group of Republican AGs to file suit challenging the constitutionality of President Obama’s health care legislation. Looking beyond the primary, Tigers may want to question McCollum on his plans for economic recovery and state spending if he becomes Governor. What is his position on immigration? And will he embrace or disavow the label of “career politician?”
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.