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Just as McCollum gets ethics ok to lobby gov, he endorses Rick Scott

Call this a convenient coincidence. On the same day that Attorney General Bill McCollum received Ethics Commission approval to lobby the next governor's staff when he leaves office in January, he broke his silence and endorsed his former Republican rival Rick Scott in the race for governor.

McCollum, who lost to Scott in the primary, said in a statement posted on his web site today that he was supporting Scott because "our state needs conservative leaders who will grow our economy and create jobs.''

"We need merit pay and an end to teacher tenure in our public schools, major litigation reform, smaller government, low taxes and a repeal of Obamacare,'' the statement continues. "With this in mind, I will cast my vote for Rick Scott for Governor. It’s the better choice for Florida.”

Since the Aug. 24 primary, McCollum had until now refused to endorse his primary rival for governor. He had, however, asked if he could lobby the next governor, seeking an advisory opinion from the Florida Commission on Ethics.

The opinion, as reported by the News Service of Florida, said that McCollum will be barred from lobbying his own office, the Cabinet and the State Board of Administration, as well as programs created within the department such as the Florida Commission on the Status of Women, the Council on the Social Status of Black Men and Boys, the Florida New Motor Vehicle Arbitration Board and the Florida Motor Vehicle Theft Prevention Authority.

But it didn't rule out lobbying the staff of the next governor. “As you are not a member of the Governor’s Office, or any of the agencies headed by the Chief Financial Officer or the Agriculture Commissioner, you could not be precluded from making representations before the staff of those agencies, other than Cabinet aides,” the opinion said.

McCollum will be out of a job in January and if he turns to lobbying, it won't be the first time. After serving in Congress for 20 years, McCollum worked as a lobbyist with the Baker and Hostetler law firm in Washington, D.C.

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OPM

I am dissappointed.

I'm for Rick Scott

McCollum did the right thing to come out and endorse Rick Scott. What is most important is that we defeat the failed liberal policies of Obama and Sink. The democrats know that they're theories for growing this economy are wrong and will lead to further despair. That's why I'm for Rick Scott. He will led this state in the right direction.

Muckraker

Bill McCollum: Typical Political Parasite

http://www.practicalstate.com/?p=2957

Cheers

SICK OF FAKE POLITICIANS

disappointed in McCollum. He is chief legal officer. he prosecutes healthcare fraud. how can he endorse someone who is tied to one of the nation's largest healthcare frauds. McCollum is just another politician. Sad. These folks are just about their wallets. Very Sad. Can't have faith in anyone anymore. Looks like Howdy will be back to lobbying the guy he called a fraud.

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