Republican candidate for governor Rick Scott made his first campaign trip to the state’s capital today, delivering a 12:30 p.m. speech at the Capital Tiger Bay Club Meeting at the Tallahassee-Leon County Civic Center. His first public appearance was less than a month ago when he spoke at a Tampa Young Republican meeting on May 25.

Since then Scott has traveled to mostly small, friendly venues around the state. Instead of barnstorming through Florida, Scott’s focus appears to be buying TV ads, an estimated $15 million worth so far, a level his opponent state Attorney General Bill McCollum simply can’t match. Scott is a multi-millionaire and it is believed he is self-funding the majority of his campaign to date. He is not required to file campaign contribution reports until July.

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