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McCollum ponders run for Fla. Senate seat[Sen. Mel Martinez Seat]
The Hill ^ | 02 Dec 2008 | Michael O'Brien

Posted on 12/02/2008 11:43:46 AM PST by BGHater

Former U.S. representative and current Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum (R) said he will “seriously consider” running to replace Sen. Mel Martinez (R-Fla.) in 2010.

“At this point, my plan is — at the appropriate time — to announce my intention to seek reelection as Florida’s attorney general,” McCollum said in a statement Tuesday following an announcement from Martinez that he would not seek a second term. “However, given today’s development, I will seriously consider and discuss with my family a race for this U.S. Senate seat, and we will share our decision at a later date.”

McCollum said he was “surprised” by Martinez’s announcement, and praised the single-term senator, against whom he ran in the 2004 Republican primary, for having “served Florida admirably."

McCollum also lost in the general election in 2000 to Sen. Bill Nelson (D).

In McCollum’s most successful statewide contest, he defeated Democrat Walter “Skip” Campbell, 53-47, to become attorney general in 2006.

He served in the House from 1981 to 2001, and was known as one of the House Republican managers of President Bill Clinton’s impeachment.


TOPICS: Politics/Elections; US: Florida
KEYWORDS: electioncongress; electionussenate; florida; martinez; mccollum; politics
Any good?
1 posted on 12/02/2008 11:43:46 AM PST by BGHater
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To: BGHater

Si............


2 posted on 12/02/2008 11:44:16 AM PST by Red Badger (Never has a man risen so far, so fast and is expected to do so much, for so many, with so little...)
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To: BGHater

Another Fred Thompson?


3 posted on 12/02/2008 11:46:40 AM PST by TribalPrincess2U
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To: TribalPrincess2U

He’ll be an excellent Senator that I can be proud to vote for...........not just pick the lesser of two evils and hold my nose........


4 posted on 12/02/2008 11:48:36 AM PST by Red Badger (Never has a man risen so far, so fast and is expected to do so much, for so many, with so little...)
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To: BGHater

Adam Putnam or Jeb would be better picks.


5 posted on 12/02/2008 11:53:48 AM PST by streetsmart
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To: TribalPrincess2U

McCollum is a good man, like Fred Thompson. And like Fred’s run in 2008, McCollum’s run in 2000 was lackluster and lacked the excitement of the American Idol style campaigns we are supposed to do now. Perhaps he has learned something since. And perhaps a couple of years of harsh economic realities will force the sheeple to consider that competence just might be more important than showmanship.


6 posted on 12/02/2008 11:55:55 AM PST by Vigilanteman (Are there any men left in Washington? Or, are there only cowards? Ahmad Shah Massoud)
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To: streetsmart

Jeb Bush is another pro-amnesty, anti-drilling vote.
Let’s retire the Bush family now.


7 posted on 12/02/2008 11:56:31 AM PST by oldbill
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To: Red Badger
As I recall it was an open seat in 2000-a reasonably good year for Republicans and McCollum lost. I fear this will be a repeat of that year.

It is not McCollum turn to run if he cannot win.

8 posted on 12/02/2008 11:56:58 AM PST by Maine Mariner
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To: BGHater

IIRC, McCollum did yeoman work during Slick Willie’s impeachment.

But then, so did Lindsey Graham...


9 posted on 12/02/2008 11:59:12 AM PST by abb ("What ISN'T in the news is often more important than what IS." Ed Biersmith, 1942 -)
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To: BGHater

I would be surprised if MANY CONSERVATIVE CANDIDATES don’t run for this seat, and this would, unfortunately, be bad news, once again, for conservatives. Many conservatives running for the same seat would, yet again, allow a RINO, “pro-amnesty for illegal immigrant” GOP candidate to win in the Republican primary over a conservative candidate. The serious question is this: How many times will conservatives keep running a bunch of candidates for a variety of political offices only to have RINO candidates end up as the final candidates during the GOP primary season?


10 posted on 12/02/2008 11:59:46 AM PST by johnthebaptistmoore (Conservatives obey the rules. Leftists cheat. Who probably has the political advantage?)
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To: BGHater

I’m still trying to understand how anyone could lose to that stiff Bill Nelson? Perhaps it was blowback from being one of the impeachment managers...


11 posted on 12/02/2008 12:03:32 PM PST by Ozone34 ("There are only two philosophies: Thomism and bullshitism!" -Leon Bloy)
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To: BGHater
For a minute there, I thought the headline was referring to Martha MacCallum. I got a little *tingly*.

But, I'm OK now. :)

12 posted on 12/02/2008 12:03:38 PM PST by TonyInOhio (The people have spoken, the bastards.)
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To: BGHater

another retread in my opinion....career politician...


13 posted on 12/02/2008 12:03:50 PM PST by tatsinfla
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To: BGHater

McCollum has some decent positions, but he is deadly dull and doesn’t do very well running for elective office. I turned down a chance to vote for him once before...

We need to keep this seat. I wish Jeb Bush could be persuaded to run.


14 posted on 12/02/2008 12:09:47 PM PST by livius
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To: BGHater

too bad Mel didn’t resign immediately and let Crist appoint McCollum as his replacement. (I know , I know, Charlie would probably appoint a Kennedy..)


15 posted on 12/02/2008 12:19:14 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed)
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To: oldbill

I agree.. I am Bush’d out.


16 posted on 12/02/2008 12:19:54 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed)
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To: BGHater

I think it is also important that the GOP retains the office of AG. However, if McCollum is our best chance he ought to run.


17 posted on 12/02/2008 12:21:53 PM PST by Norman Bates (Steele for RNC)
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To: streetsmart

Forget Jebbie. No More Bushes of any kind


18 posted on 12/02/2008 12:42:36 PM PST by Theodore R. (The most frightening words in the English language: The American people!)
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To: johnthebaptistmoore

Conservatives have been doing such for years in CA and OH in particular.


19 posted on 12/02/2008 12:43:57 PM PST by Theodore R. (The most frightening words in the English language: The American people!)
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To: BGHater

My pick for this position would be someone most of you have never heard of. Her name is Rhonda Storms, and she is currently a State Senator out of Tampa. Google her and look at all the vitriolic web sites that immediatley pop up. That alone should tell you all you need to know, but take the time to read what she has done, and is still doing. This woman is as fearless and unapologetic a conservative as you’ll find.


20 posted on 12/02/2008 1:55:13 PM PST by Red Reign (It will start in Alaska, and the Red Reign will sweep our nation.)
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To: BGHater; Impy; darkangel82; AuH2ORepublican; Clintonfatigued; Clemenza; BillyBoy; JohnnyZ

No. He lost against Nelson, he won’t win a Senate race. He barely got the lower-key Attorney General office.

I’m leaning towards fmr. Lt. Gov. Toni Jennings (who should’ve succeeded Jeb, not that fruitcake RINO Crist). I think we should run a tough, Conservative woman.


21 posted on 12/02/2008 2:30:10 PM PST by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Alps !"~~)
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To: livius

No mas Arbustos, por favor.


22 posted on 12/02/2008 2:41:46 PM PST by darkangel82 (I don't have a superiority complex, I'm just better than you.)
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To: BGHater

Oh, please, not again.

The man is exciting as watching paint dry.

He looks, as much as anything, like an old cartoon character called “Secret Squirrel”.

He has been rejected before, on a statewide basis.

Running this guy will look a lot like the Bob Dole candidacy, but on a state level. I can just imagine the prune juice jokes, along with some references to Viagra.

McCollum is a nice man. And he is capable. He is, by no means, an idiot. But he is not electable. Period. Full stop.

Jeb is capable. But his brother fouled the nest. A Bush is now unelectable, for the foreseeable future, in this state.

And Rhonda Storms, out of Tampa, isn’t it either. Another subject altogether, but she has a lot of baggage of the “loony Holy Roller” variety in the Tampa Bay area and media markets. She is popular with social conservatives, but there are not enough of them in FL to elect anyone on a statewide basis. Particularly after the Schiavo episode, which alienated a lot of the mushy middle voters.

We need to find someone else.


23 posted on 12/02/2008 3:14:08 PM PST by surely_you_jest
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To: fieldmarshaldj

Good point. McCollum had full establishment support in 20000, when he ran against Nelson and outspent him by a significant margin. Even under favorable circumstaces, McCollum lost.


24 posted on 12/02/2008 3:36:55 PM PST by Clintonfatigued (If Islam conquers the world, the Earth will be at peace because the human race will be killed off.)
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To: BGHater
I like McCullom but he has already ran twice and lost both times. He lost to Nelson in 2000 in the general election and lost to Martinez in the 2004 primary. We need someone who can win.
25 posted on 12/02/2008 3:37:14 PM PST by FloridianBushFan
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To: fieldmarshaldj

Tell you what, Jeb couldn’t lose if he ran. If he’s interested, I hope he announces early, since guys like Jeff Altwater (sp?) and Marco Rubio are chompong at the bit to run for either the Senate or the governorship.


26 posted on 12/02/2008 3:49:34 PM PST by AuH2ORepublican (Fred Thompson appears human-sized because he is actually standing a million miles away.)
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To: AuH2ORepublican

I can’t see Jeb running, and frankly, he blew it when he didn’t take out Nelson in ‘06. That was the ONLY seat we had a shot at picking up, as the polls demonstrated.


27 posted on 12/02/2008 4:03:57 PM PST by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Alps !"~~)
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To: darkangel82

Jeb Bush was an excellent governor here. Everybody, ranging from North Florida Crackers to South Florida Latinos, liked him and felt he was working for them.

He was the best of the Bushes and has a great public persona. He’s tall and heavy and loudspoken and is much louder than W. Supposedly, he takes after his Texas mother Barbara, a very outspoken person, more than after his dad, GH (W is the spittin image of his dad).


28 posted on 12/02/2008 4:10:10 PM PST by livius
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To: fieldmarshaldj; Clintonfatigued

I think McCollum ran for AG just to prove to people that he can win a statewide race. I think McCollum could have won in 2004. It was a great GOP year. Plus, Mel Martinez ran behind Bush in north FL. McCollum would have done better in that region. Overall, let Mel Martinez be a lesson to conservatives for blindly endorsing someone just because he/she is the tallest midget of a group of shorties. Martinez won just because conservatives didn’t want Gay Foley and McCollum.

Toni Jennings might be intriguing. After two years perhaps G W. Bush fatigue would be gone and Jeb could run. Just keep Katherine Harris, Vern Buchanan, Gallagher, and anyone involved with Terri Schavio away.


29 posted on 12/02/2008 6:47:23 PM PST by yongin (Converting people to Mormonism makes the world more conservative)
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To: yongin
Darn it, and I wanted him so badly to be Senator...


30 posted on 12/02/2008 6:52:14 PM PST by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Alps !"~~)
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To: fieldmarshaldj

Gallagher, Crist’s 2006 primary rival, initially looked strong against Nelson. However as the Governor primary went on, Gallagher made a fool out of humself appealing to the Schavio and Katherine Harris crowd.


31 posted on 12/02/2008 6:58:58 PM PST by yongin (Converting people to Mormonism makes the world more conservative)
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To: yongin

He wasn’t running against Nelson, so I’m a bit puzzled by your first sentence. I do know he tried to tie himself to the KH diehards, which I found off-putting as one of the biggest anti-KH’ers on this board (solely because I could recognize the reality she couldn’t win any statewide race, and I was viciously attacked in the process for pointing that out, only to be exceeded by the slander of the Slick Willard cretins, but I digress...). In hindsight, I’d have preferred Gallagher as the Gubernatorial nominee. My support of Crist was a serious error in judgment, for which I deeply regret.


32 posted on 12/02/2008 7:16:09 PM PST by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Alps !"~~)
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To: fieldmarshaldj

In 2006, polls showed both Gallagher and Crist being competitive against Nelson. GOP activists begged Harris to remain in the House and let either Gallagher or Crist take on Nelson. But both men insisted on being Governor. I didn’t like how Gallagher spread rumors about Crist being gay or fathering a child out of wedlock. My opinion of Gallagher fell down after all.

As for Katherine Harris, at least she did stand up to the Dems despite suffering media slander. How would have Mitt Romney handled it?


33 posted on 12/02/2008 7:28:41 PM PST by yongin (Converting people to Mormonism makes the world more conservative)
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To: yongin

Ultimately, our biggest mistake was not running Toni Jennings for Governor and George needed a “Come to Jesus” set up with his brother and explain why he needed to do what Bob Graham did in ‘86. If we can’t get our most popular vote-getters to run for office, how will we ever keep or win back our majorities ?

Actually, rumors about Good Time Charlie fathering a kid out of wedlock probably would’ve improved his standing with Conservatives. Most folks on the ground know Charlie is barely in the closet. That impending “marriage” is as odious as the McGreevey fraud in NJ. I wonder how much the lady is being paid. As I said, my sole problem with Gallagher was his tying himself to a permanently crippled KH, whose campaign was a textbook example of incompetence. I had people telling me in private just how much of a nightmare her campaign was (yes, all along I gave her credit for her 2000 performance, she did her job there, but she was permanently crippled, not only by the media, but by herself). I had a sneaking suspicion had she even run for a 3rd term in ‘06 to her House seat, she’d have been defeated. She couldn’t get above 55% in both her runs, inexcusably low for a GOP district, and in ‘04. Half the primary voters viewed her as toxic, nevermind erratic. At least Vern Buchanan saved the seat for us.

As for Slick Willard, heaven help us had he bought the nomination and conned more rubes, he would’ve folded like a cheap suit in the fall campaign blistering media spotlight. The media would’ve taken enormous delight pointing out to the GOP base just how liberal he is, how much of a liar he is, and his other various flaws.


34 posted on 12/02/2008 7:54:02 PM PST by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Alps !"~~)
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To: fieldmarshaldj

I think Jeb passed on the Senate race in 2006, because he was still spooked by his close defeat in 1994. I think you said once that the GOP rarely ousts Dem Senators even with a conservative wave across the country. So Jeb must think an open race is better. Should Jeb run, the field will be cleared for him. While GW Bush is political poison, Jeb still has enough goodwill residing in FL. Jeb did build a machine that enabled the GOP to take the FL legislature and statewide offices. When he left office, the FL GOP still stood strong.

On another note, the fight for RNC Chair is getting interesting. Saul A. of MI is trying to form a solidarity bloc with GOP officials above the Mason-Dixon line. He says the GOP needs shed its Southern image and be more diverse. Saul A. is hoping Chip Salsman and Kim Dawson will divide the Southern vote, while he gets all the non-dixie vote. Keep in mind, Saul A is a Romney ally. Should he get the RNC chair job, we know what his number priority will be in the next 4 years.


35 posted on 12/03/2008 5:55:58 PM PST by yongin (Converting people to Mormonism makes the world more conservative)
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To: yongin

Comparing the ‘94 and ‘06 races were apples and oranges, though. Nelson couldn’t have made the ludicrous charges Chiles made in their “Let’s scare the seniors” schtick. I think he was partly tired and wanted out of the limelight for a bit, and secondly, with KH threatening a nuclear war if they didn’t give her the nomination, she would’ve tried to deliberately cripple Jeb (who would’ve beaten her) for the general. Still, I think he would’ve beaten Nelson just as Graham did with Hawkins in ‘86, and all polls showed Jeb beating Nelson, most especially because the latter had sky-high negatives. Nelson managed to luck out spectacularly because he drew one of the only Republicans in the state of FL with even higher disapprovals. Probably only Mark Foley would’ve done worse.

As for Michigan’s Saul Anus’s, that’s truly a sphincter-tightening spectacle. That man is to his state party what Slick Willard was to Massachusetts. I believe sincerely there is a deliberate and high-profile attempt by Democrat agents working in our party (which no doubt Saul seems to be) to make us a political non-entity at the national level and destroy us state by state.


36 posted on 12/03/2008 7:05:13 PM PST by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Alps !"~~)
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To: abb

So did Morning Joe.


37 posted on 12/03/2008 7:07:41 PM PST by csmusaret (I'd rather have a sister in a whorehouse than have a brother in the US Congress.)
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