Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum is back on television today with his public service announcements warning parents about Internet sex predators. About $1 million in state funds will be spent in Tampa, Sarasota, Orlando and Fort Myers over the next five weeks, bringing the total pricetag for the statewide media blitz to $2.5 million.
Chief Financial Officer Alez Sink has questioned McCollum's decision to give a no-bid contract to produce and air the ad to his former political consultant, Chris Mottola, who put the Republican attorney general front and center in the spot.
By the time the ad wraps up in mid-May, the two could be rivals for governor. Gov. Charlie Crist has said he will decide after the legislative session whether he will run for the U.S. Senate.