Chris Ingram says Scott to name Dockery as LG choice; did Grady turn down McCollum? Did Hasner say 'Yes?'

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I ran into the effervescent Paula Dockery in Tampa at one of Rick Scott’s tour stops and greeted her by saying, “Hello, Madame Lieutenant Governor,” to which she sprightly responsed that I was putting the horse before cart.

Well, Chris Ingram doesn’t think it’s too early to label Dockery as Scott’s choice for the number two spot on the ticket.  Ingram published a post on his blog this evening, writing:

Sources close to the Rick Scott campaign have suggested Scott is considering asking State Senator Paula Dockery to be his running mate for Lieutenant Governor. Dockery, who ended her own longshot race for governor several months ago was campaigning with Scott last week in the critical I-4 corridor.

With Dockery locked in as Scott’s LG choice, the question becomes how will Bill McCollum respond.  Talk around the Governor’s Club last week had it that Rep. Tom Grady had already turned down McCollum, who turned around and asked Adam Hasner to join the ticket. Hasner reportedly immediately agreed and was heard singing McCollum’s praises up-and-down Adams Street.


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