Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum refused to endorse his Republican primary opponent Rick Scott for governor (at least, for now) when talking with reporters Thursday morning at a Florida cabinet meeting (video embedded after the jump). When asked whether he would endorse Scott, McCollum said, “I still have serious questions … about issues of his character, his integrity, his honesty, things that go back to Columbia/HCA.”
He said he had “serious policy differences” with Democratic nominee and Florida CFO Alex Sink. “I am not endorsing anyone right now in this race. I’ll reserve judgment.” He added on Scott, “I just haven’t met him and I don’t know him that well.”
House Speaker-designate Dean Cannon and Senate President-designate Mike Haridopolos — both of whom had associated 527 campaign committees that poured $1.4 million into McCollum’s own committee — both have endorsed Scott. So has the Republican Party of Florida. Scott is meeting today with RPOF interim chair John Thrasher to discuss how the party can work together to get out the vote.
On losing the race, McCollum attributed it to money. “Well, I think the largest part of it was that I was outspent. Many of the negative attacks he put up there, some people believed. And they would because I couldn’t respond to them adequately.”