by Javier Manjarres
Last night’s Gubernatorial primary victory by Rick Scott of Attorney over General Bill McCollum was proof positive that endorsements and unfair play by the GOP establishment does not carry the same weight and influence that it once did. The ‘establishment’ and the RPOF shelled out millions of dollars in an attempt to resuscitate McCollum’s flagging campaign over businessman Rick Scott in this contentious primary. What was most questionable was how the RPOF put so much of its own money and resources into the race, and now as a result may not be able to support other down the ballot candidates around the state. This is not good news to the candidates who have won their races and were hoping for RPOF support in the upcoming November elections. Congrats Rick!!!!!!
In a very sour postscript to this race, Attorney General McCollum did not call Scott to concede, but instead sent out this memo last night:
On Florida’s Republican Gubernatorial Primary Election Results
“The votes today have been tallied and I accept the voters’ decision.”
“This race was one for the ages. No one could have anticipated the entrance of a multi-millionaire with a questionable past who shattered campaign spending records and spent more in four months than has ever been spent in a primary race here in Florida. (emphasis mine, El Sharko)
“While I was disappointed with the negative tone of the race, I couldn’t be more proud of our campaign and our supporters for fighting back against false and misleading advertising when we were down by double-digits.
“First, I want to thank my wife, Ingrid, and our entire family. I could not have made it this far without Ingrid’s unwavering love and support. I also want to thank the many Republican leaders who stood by our campaign and helped build our organization, especially Governor Jeb Bush, Commissioner Charlie Bronson, House Speaker Larry Cretul, Senate President Designate Mike Haridopolos, House Speaker Designate Dean Cannon and House Majority Leader Adam Hasner.