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By Tom Tillison
Orlando Political Press

And, suddenly, there’s a new contender…

It appears that Rick Scott is on the scene to stay, and, is making progress in challenging Bill McCollum for the Republican nominee for Governor.  Latest figures I’ve seen now suggest Scott has spend over $6 million on television and radio ads, which is paying huge dividends for him in name recognition around the state.  For those who bemoan the impact money has on politics, this may be a bit unsettling, however, it’s a harsh reality that it takes money to compete.

Speaking of Rick Scott, your humble correspondent was invited to sit in on a meeting with him this past week.  I went into the meeting with a healthy dose of skepticism, asked some very pointed questions, and, try as I might, I actually came away liking the man.  He strikes me as a very driven individual that does not accept failure, one who pursues goals with passion and a real tenacity.  Certainly, a dynamic that’s missing in the race, otherwise.  Nevertheless, Scott has his work cut out for him in dispelling the image that many have of him due to his association with charges of medicare/medicaid fraud.

Erick Erickson, the very well respected founder of the conservative blog RedState, did a piece on Rick Scott’s history that’s worth reading – http://www.redstate.com/erick/2010/05/27/milquetoast-mccollum-vs-the-hillarycare-killer/

Our liberal friend Scott Maxwell, of the Orlando Slant… er, Sentinel did a column this week analyzing the Republican candidates looking to take on the dastardly Alan Grayson.  True to form, Maxwell succeeded in finding a negative in each of the 7 candidates mentioned, seemingly being most disappointed by the fact that none of them are Grayson.  Here’s the link for the brave of heart –  http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/opinion/os-scott-maxwell-friday-files-052810-20100527,0,2171648.column

It seems that some in the RPOF are hedging their bets that the tea party movement is not quite as influential as some may think.  Quite a gamble to make, and, even more alarming, an indication that there are still those within the party who have no understanding of what the movement actually represents.  Or, it could just be a sign that old habits are hard to break, with smoky back rooms still being the preferred way of doing business…

Speaking of the tea party, the Florida Tea Party political party, which has nothing to do with the tea party movement and does not represent those who make up the movement, made an appearance at the Zellwood Corn Festival, complete with their mock candidate.  The FTP is beginning to remind me of a bad rash that just won’t go away!

On the national stage, the Sestack scandal, which the White House insists is not a scandal, is now a real bonafide scandal, considering that Bill Clinton himself has emerged on the scene.  Look for the Democrats to politicize the affair by accusing the Republicans of politicizing the affair, or, more business as usual in Washington, D.C. 

The Gulf oil leak is still leaking, adding daily to what is already being called the worst environmental disaster in American history.  Of course, in his own words, Obama has ‘been there from day one’, so there should be no confusion on where to place the blame, right? 

And, the Obama administration is now trying to get the Supreme Court to intervene in Arizona, yet, continues to refuse to protect the border, other than sending 1,200 National Guard troops to ‘assist’ with desk assignments.  No word on the number we’re up to in the administration that has actually read the Arizona bill.

Oh yeah, almost forgot, it appears that North Korea is about to go to war with South Korea…

All of this and Obama still has an approval rating in the mid forties…makes you wonder about 40% – 45% of the nation, huh?

Tom Tillison

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