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Editor’s Note – The tea party movement is trying in vain to usher in a new era in politics, where principles and values matter, yet, the Republican Party of Florida seems hell bent on clinging to the ways of old.  This analysis has little to do with the candidates involved in the governor’s race, as much as it has to do with the state of mind being displayed.

According to Republican consultant John Wehrung, the only problem with Crist is that he waiting too long to go after Marco Rubio?  Nothing to do with who best represents true conservative values, John?  Whereas, the national party seems to value the tea party movement, statements like this indicate that the RPOF has learned nothing over the past year.

As for the governor’s race, perhaps Scott is not the best choice, however, why is it that McCollum chooses to delve into the politics of old, mud-slinging and stealth attacks,  instead of presenting solid reasons why he is the better choice?  Is this his decision, or are there RPOF ‘consultants’ driving the action?  Either way, all it does it make Rick Scott look better and better with each passing day.

Rick Scott, the multimillionaire GOP candidate running for governor, is making the primary race competitive for Republican Bill McCollum.

By Adam C. Smith
St. Petersburg Times

Pity Bill McCollum. Only weeks ago, he was skating effortlessly to the Republican gubernatorial nomination and comfortably leading Democrat Alex Sink in the polls.

Then, faster than you can say multimillionaire, the attorney general’s aura of inevitability was shattered by a political neophyte who started spending money like Florida has never seen. By the end of next week, controversial businessman Rick Scott of Naples will have spent about $11 million on TV and radio ads over six weeks — more than Charlie Crist spent overall in his lavishly funded 2006 primary against Tom Gallagher. Scott is on pace to spend $30 million by the Aug. 24 primary, ensuring at the very least that McCollum will come out of the primary strapped for money and bruised.

“A lot of people are definitely starting to get interested in Rick Scott. People who were saying, `I’m 100 percent with McCollum,’ are now becoming undecided,” said Adam D. Smith, a 34-year-old Tampa accountant and Republican activist who likes Scott’s outsider message. “The support for Bill McCollum is pretty much on the surface.”

As a four-time candidate for statewide office, McCollum is the clear front-runner. The last two polls showed him leading by anywhere from 14 to 22 points.

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Tom Tillison

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