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Bill McCollum, the un-diva candidate

Tonight is a big night for Bill McCollum. The state attorney general and frontrunner for governor in 2010 is the keynote speaker at the Miami-Dade Republican Party's annual Lincoln Day Dinner. It's his first major speech since he began his campaign one month ago.

But McCollum isn't letting his frontrunner status go to his head. He drove to Miami from Orlando today in his 2005 Honda Accord with his wife, Ingrid. No staff. No entourage. And he got here on time for a 6 p.m. reception.

"We're lean and mean,'' he said.

McCollum isn't known as a rousing public speaker but he said he plans to deliver a "visionary speech'' about where Florida needs to go. He said he'll also contrast himself with the Democratic frontrunner, Alex Sink.

"I'd like to think that I'll fire up the audience,'' he said. "We need a new way up for Florida.''

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