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RedState’s Erick Erickson finally weighs in on GOP primary in Florida governor’s race

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For conservatives trying to figure out whether to back Bill McCollum or Skeletor, Erick Erickson has spoken, although all he really says is that the Clintons are, of course, to blame for Rick Scott’s problems:

Truth be told, McCollum has paid his dues. He’s been around for a while. I don’t blame him for acting badly. But here’s the thing — McCollum is a hero to a lot of conservatives because he helped impeach Bill Clinton. But Rick Scott is a conservative hero in his own right for organizing the health care establishment to fight and kill Hillarycare.

What is aggravating to me is that McCollum is now attacking Scott based on what the Democrats did to punish him for opposing Hillarycare. Using left-wing Center for American Progress talking points, McCollum is dredging up a lot of stuff that looks terrible for Scott.

I don’t blame the McCollum campaign. I probably would too, especially if I was caught off guard by Scott’s entry and rise and needed quick opposition research on him. But I’ve looked into the whole mess.

My conclusion is pretty straight forward: the stuff on Scott looks bad, but isn’t as bad as McCollum would like and McCollum has problems of his own. I think a lot of the dirt on Rick Scott is really overblown.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including,,, 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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