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ICYMI: McCollum concedes, doesn’t mention Scott by name but hits his ‘questionable past’

by George Bennett | August 25th, 2010

Bill McCollum issued a statement shortly after midnight conceding the Republican governor primary to Rick Scott. He doesn’t mention Scott by name but notes “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.”

Read it after the jump….

Statement from Bill McCollum on Republican governor’s primary:

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.

“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.

“Most importantly, I thank the hundreds of volunteers who put in time and hard work to get our message out. I am humbled and overwhelmed by their passion for our campaign and depth of their support.

“As I’ve said time and time again, this race was never about me, it’s about Floridians. My campaign was about our kids and grandkids, and making Florida a better place for them.

“My campaign for Governor may be over, but I remain committed to serving our state and serving out the rest of my term as Florida’s Attorney General. We will continue our fight against Obamacare, continue to support states’ rights and their authority to crack down on illegal immigration and fight for all Floridians.

“I love Florida, and I believe in the extraordinary people who have made it the greatest state in the country. There is nothing beyond our reach when we put trust in individuals and in free enterprise, not in government or bureaucracy. I will always remain committed to fighting for these core conservative principles.”

12 Responses to “ICYMI: McCollum concedes, doesn’t mention Scott by name but hits his ‘questionable past’”

  1. LB Says:

    Personally thrilled that you were defeated! You did not represent my beliefs as AG . . . Alex Sink for Governor!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. osborne Says:

    Mr. Scott; my wife and I are registered repub…we did not vote for you then and will not vote for you now. We just cannot put our trust and faith in you. Your past is sure sign of your future.

  3. brigitte Says:

    McCollum is a sore loser. His bitter remarks re Scott were immature. The people spoke and the best man won. Go Gov. Rick Scott!!!!

  4. Ben Says:

    Sore loser is right. Wake up BM. You lost three state wide elections in a row. Incumbents out, period. See you again in November at the polls.

  5. DH Says:

    This is an incredible day for all of Flordia. This proves that the voters are aware that the good old boy network is not the way to lead the State.
    It’s about the issues and the ability of the canidate to manage them that count. Not a track record of incompetence

  6. LOUIS Says:

    He sure sounds like a sore loser, let’s face it, he’s a career politician, and in this tea party age, they have to go.
    Everyone should have a chance to run for office, its not for incumbents or political insiders or kingmakers.

  7. raspalena Says:

    Both suck. McCollum did nothing during his tenure and Scott is a crook who screwed Medicare. Go Alex Sink.

  8. Max Weinberg Says:

    Sore Loser? No, just forewarning Florida of the disaster looming in the wings if this neophyte who couldn’t run a profitable business without defrauding the federal government becomes governor. Once again voters took the deceptive cmpaign ads at face value without doing their research.

  9. V Says:

    Good riddance Bill. Nice job showing your class at the end.

  10. McCollum Is A Career Loser Says:

    McCollum os a career loser! He lost to Ric Keller in 2000, Mel Martinez in 2004 and Rick Scott in 2010! He has never won anything when he had competent
    competition! The problem now is he is not only a sore loser, he is a spoiled brat! He should have manned up last night and congratulated Rick Scott! Instead he sends out an email and dodges the press! Was the poor little spoiled brat crying because daddy Jebbie’s gona kick his butt for losing control of the family culture of corruption! Now all these spoiled brats will keep screaming Scott is a crook and jump on the band wagon with Sink who just started this morning with new ads saying she is against corruption! All the while she has joined McCollum and Crist in robbing the SBA funds for their crooked New York City donors.

  11. AJ Says:

    Rick Scott scares me. But I have despised McCollum since he was one of the leaders of the Clinton impeachment “team” – something he never mentions by the way. Obviusly, he can’t win an election, even when he has all state GOP leaders on his side. Too bad he gets to stay as AG filing meaningless lawsuits against health care.

  12. Disappointed Says:

    I was not excited about either candidate for governor so I have no particular loyalty to Mr. McCollum or Mr. Scott’s camps. However, I have to say that I am very disappointed in Mr. McCollum’s response. Every other candidate that I saw last night publicly faced the press and conceded their race with grace and dignity. They also pledged to support their fellow repulican who the majority of floridians had voted for. Mr. McCollum did neither of these things. I hope that he regrets his reactions this morning. I know that I, for one, am very disappointed in him. Best of luck to Mr. Scott. Now that you are our republican candidate I wish you well. You certainly represent my beliefs better than Alex Sink so you will have my support for the general election.

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