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Romney raises money for McCollum

In the 2008 presidential election, Attorney General Bill McCollum backed Rudy Giuliani, fundraiser/lobbyist Ana Navarro went to the mat for John McCain, and former Republican party chairman Al Cardenas was in the tank for Mitt Romney.

But in 2010 -- and looking ahead to the next presidential election in 2012 -- bygones are bygones. Romney is raising money tonight for McCollum's gubernatorial campaign at an event at the Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables hosted by Navarro and Cardenas.Download June 14 2010 Coral Gables Dinner

McCollum and Romney will also be collecting checks in the Miami area today at the homes of developer Wayne Rosen and healthcare mogual Mike Fernandez.

Navarro noted that Romney -- whom she feuded with in 2007 over immigration -- is helping gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman in California and McCain's re-election campaign in Arizona.

 "He is being very smart by investing heavily in FL, and it's not only money this time,'' Navarro said. "He is putting time and sweat equity in building relationships with donors, candidates and party officials. If his bets prove right in places like Florida, California, and Arizona, and my guess is they will, he will have a lot of grateful allies and valuable chits to collect on a year from now."


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