Attorney General Bill McCollum added his name to the list of Republicans distancing themselves from Gov. Charlie Crist's call for the exploration of oil drilling off Florida's coast. At a press conference today, McCollum said: "I'm personally not in favor of drilling off the coast."
Instead, he said, "we need to make a special effort in our state to expand any kind of regulations to build nuclear power plants." He noted that Congress has "recently opened up more offshore property for exploration" and that he spent years debating the issue in Congress and is firmly opposed to drilling off Florida's coast.
"I know the governor has said he favors more offshore oil exploration,'' McCollum said. "I'm not in the same position."