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McCollum Gains Big: 12 Points Ahead of Scott
Newsmax ^ | August 16, 2010 | Jim Meyers

Posted on 08/16/2010 7:40:57 PM PDT by JulieRNR21

Breaking from Newsmax.com

McCollum Gains Big: 12 Points Ahead of Scott

By Jim Meyers

Bill McCollum has opened a 12 percentage-point lead over Rick Scott in his campaign for the Republican nomination for governor in Florida, according to a new poll released by the Florida Chamber of Commerce.

The poll of likely Republican primary voters shows McCollum with 45 percent of the vote, Scott with 33 percent, and roughly 20 percent undecided.

Attorney General McCollum has a comfortable lead over businessman Scott among moderates, 48 percent to 27 percent, as well as conservatives — 43 percent to 36 percent, according to the polling firm, McLaughlin & Associates. He also has a huge lead over Scott among Hispanic voters, 52 percent to 21 percent.

A Mason-Dixon poll released last week showed McCollum leading Scott by four percentage points, as did a survey by the Florida Medical Association.

McCollum’s comeback has amazed political observers and McCollum critics and supporters alike. Some earlier surveys had him trailing Scott by double digits, and as recently as Aug. 4, a Mason-Dixon poll showed Scott leading McCollum by 37 percent to 31 percent.

Voters evidently are becoming increasing concerned about Scott’s highly questionable business dealings and his refusal to release a deposition he gave in regard to a lawsuit alleging fraudulent practices at a healthcare company he now heads.

The new allegations likely remind voters of fraudulent practices uncovered at Scott’s former company, Columbia/HCA, the nation’s largest hospital chain.

Continued Here: http://www.newsmax.com/InsideCover/McCollum--Scott--Florida--governor/2010/08/16/id/367633

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TOPICS: Front Page News; Government; Politics/Elections; US: Florida
KEYWORDS: billmccollum; election; florida; rickscott
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In 1997, Scott was forced to resign as CEO of the firm while it was being investigated for massive Medicare and Medicaid fraud. The FBI launched a multistate probe that led to the firm pleading guilty to criminal charges of overbilling the government.

It remains the largest Medicare fraud case in U.S. history, and ended with Columbia/HCA paying a record $1.7 billion in fines, penalties and damages.

Scott, who walked away from the company with $310 million, accepted responsibility for what occurred at Columbia and said he had learned “hard lessons” from the case.

But Scott is once again under pressure, this time for his role at Solantic — a chain of about 30 walk-in Florida clinics he co-founded after leaving Columbia/HCA — as the company, ironically, faces an allegation of billing irregularities involving Medicare.

1 posted on 08/16/2010 7:41:00 PM PDT by JulieRNR21
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To: JulieRNR21

MCCollum was against the AZ law before he was for it. Rubio is another open borders RINO.

Crist is just a liar and a freak.


2 posted on 08/16/2010 7:44:46 PM PDT by Frantzie (Democrats are the party of Islam.)
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To: samantha; Recovering_Democrat; seekthetruth; LADY J; Joe Brower; gonzo; MinuteGal

McCollum’s making a big comeback.....PING


3 posted on 08/16/2010 7:45:25 PM PDT by JulieRNR21 (We Will Remember in November 2010.........)
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To: JulieRNR21
I recall Bill McCollum as a Congressman years ago. Seems to me he was a pretty solid conservative, though memories may differ. Don't know where he is at today. Anybody?
4 posted on 08/16/2010 7:46:22 PM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: hinckley buzzard

My recollection of him is as a pretty solid conservative, with some of the worst political luck I have ever seen.


5 posted on 08/16/2010 7:47:39 PM PDT by NeoCaveman (Defeat Dingy Harry Reid)
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To: hinckley buzzard

Bill was against Arizona before he was for it.


6 posted on 08/16/2010 7:48:46 PM PDT by omega4179 (JD Hayworth)
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To: omega4179

At least he is sueing Obama. I would vote for a Kangaroo before a Democrat or Crist at this point.


7 posted on 08/16/2010 7:53:02 PM PDT by screaminsunshine (m)
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To: JulieRNR21

McCollum is a flip flopper on the immigration issue. Although I do like his credentials, polls show he has trouble beating the Democratic candidate, Alex Sink for Gov. Rick Scott, who admittedly has issues fares better as he is running as the ‘outsider’ candidate. He however, has some baggage as well.

I am somewhat torn on who to vote for in the primary.


8 posted on 08/16/2010 7:57:36 PM PDT by MCOAvalanche
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To: hinckley buzzard; NeoCaveman

Yes....a solid conservative who was one of the House Managers during the Clinton Impeachment. He is pro-life, pro-traditional marriage, supports the Second Amendment, and a fiscal conservative.

He was also the first state Attorney General to bring a case that the Obama Health Care insurance mandate is unconstitutional. Numerous states have followed his lead.

He also recently proposed an Illegal Immigration Law for Florida that is similar to the Arizona law.


9 posted on 08/16/2010 7:59:06 PM PDT by JulieRNR21 (We Will Remember in November 2010.........)
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To: MCOAvalanche

Actually the polls I’ve seen indicate that McCollum is more electible against Sink than Scott.

I like McCollum’s conservative record andI trust him to be a solid conservative governor.

With all the shady Medicare stuff that has gone on with Scott’s past & current companies....I don’t trust him to manage Florida.


10 posted on 08/16/2010 8:04:02 PM PDT by JulieRNR21 (We Will Remember in November 2010.........)
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To: hinckley buzzard

McCollum was one of the members of the House’s managers of Bill Clinton’s impeachment and trial.

In 2000, he was the GOP nominee for US Senate but lost to Bill Nelson.

In 2004, he ran again for US Senate but lost the GOP primary to Mel Martinez.

In 2006, he was elected Attorney General of the state of Florida.

In 2008, he was state campaign manager for Rudy Giuliani’s Presidential campaign.


11 posted on 08/16/2010 8:04:34 PM PDT by MplsSteve (Don't Be Stupak!)
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To: hinckley buzzard

McCollum is a conservative, but he’s also a politician. I think he’ll be much more conservative than Crist, more in the vein of Jeb. Jeb wasn’t the perfect conservative, and McCollum won’t be either, but he’ll be a whole lot better than the alternatives. At this point, I don’t think Scott can beat the Dem. He has too much baggage. McCollum will also have a tough time with the Dem, but can probably pull it out in a Republican year. Denying the Dems control of the governorship will help the GOP a lot in 2012.


12 posted on 08/16/2010 8:07:10 PM PDT by Brilliant
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To: hinckley buzzard

McCollum is a conservative, but he’s also a politician. I think he’ll be much more conservative than Crist, more in the vein of Jeb. Jeb wasn’t the perfect conservative, and McCollum won’t be either, but he’ll be a whole lot better than the alternatives. At this point, I don’t think Scott can beat the Dem. He has too much baggage. McCollum will also have a tough time with the Dem, but can probably pull it out in a Republican year. Denying the Dems control of the governorship will help the GOP a lot in 2012.


13 posted on 08/16/2010 8:07:27 PM PDT by Brilliant
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To: JulieRNR21

Yeah. I’m afraid Scott will just embarrass the GOP.


14 posted on 08/16/2010 8:08:41 PM PDT by Brilliant
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To: MCOAvalanche

McCollum and Sink are tied in the polls. The billion dollar scandal ridden Rick Scott could hardly be a wise choice as nominee.

http://miamiherald.typepad.com/nakedpolitics/2010/08/poll-bill-mccollum-winning-alex-sink-even-more-rick-scott-unelectable.html


15 posted on 08/16/2010 8:08:43 PM PDT by iowamark
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To: Brilliant

At this point, I don’t think Scott can beat the Dem. He has too much baggage. McCollum will also have a tough time with the Dem, but can probably pull it out in a Republican year. Denying the Dems control of the governorship will help the GOP a lot in 2012.

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I agree. And the liberal Florida newspapers would have plenty of ammo to ‘sink’ Scott’s Campaign and that would mean Florida is stuck with the ultra liberal Alex Sink during the critical 2012 election....not a good scenario!


16 posted on 08/16/2010 8:14:00 PM PDT by JulieRNR21 (We Will Remember in November 2010.........)
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To: JulieRNR21

McCollum isn’t just surging against Scott; he’s doing much better against the Democrats. Funny that even NewsMax can’t even suppose that it’s at least partly due to the fact that he has “seen the light” (at least politically) on Arizona-style immigration enforcement.


17 posted on 08/16/2010 8:23:48 PM PDT by dangus
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To: iowamark

“That’s not the case when it comes to Scott. She blows him away by a 40-24 margin. Only 42 percent of Republicans would support Scott against Sink — but if she faced McCollum, he’d receive 69 percent of the GOP support.

Translation: Scott might be unelectable.”

Easy choice - we MUST nominate McCollum, he’s a good conservative and Scott is unelectable.


18 posted on 08/16/2010 8:36:52 PM PDT by WOSG (OPERATION RESTORE AMERICAN FREEDOM - NOVEMBER, 2010 - DO YOUR PART!)
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To: dangus

Yes, coming out in favor of an Arizona-style law (which McCollum says is a stronger enforcement law) for Florida has gotten a lot of attention.

That has certainly helped McCollum.

Also recent news about charges of Medicare fraud at Solantics has definitely hurt Scott. Looks like a pattern of corruption....that would be used & repeated by the Dems.


19 posted on 08/16/2010 8:39:01 PM PDT by JulieRNR21 (We Will Remember in November 2010.........)
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To: WOSG; Brilliant

BIG BUMP.....what you said!

Brilliant......WOSG quotes the poll I saw a couple of days ago...with McCollum beating Sink.


20 posted on 08/16/2010 8:41:31 PM PDT by JulieRNR21 (We Will Remember in November 2010.........)
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To: JulieRNR21

What these two have done is to ensure that Sink is elected.

I’m not sure that that wasn’t the plan all along.


21 posted on 08/16/2010 8:41:42 PM PDT by sport
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To: sport

No...see post #18....another poll showed McCollum does much better than Scott against Sink.


22 posted on 08/16/2010 8:43:37 PM PDT by JulieRNR21 (We Will Remember in November 2010.........)
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To: JulieRNR21

I read that McC was against something in the early version of the AZ law then when they amended it, he was happy with it. We’re voting for him.


23 posted on 08/16/2010 9:15:10 PM PDT by bicyclerepair (FR - my online family. From Ft. Lauderdale, Florida)
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To: JulieRNR21
I've read erverything I could find about both candidates & my decision is to go with McCollum. Scott is being touted as an outsider & a business man. So far, he's had some big problems running his own businesses. I don't trust him to govern Florida any better.

Scott is bombarding our area with very pricey, slick literature about himself. Today, he left a very long plea for my vote on my answering machine.

He's got lots of money that he walked away with when he left as the company's CEO. He is using it to buy the governorship of Florida.

24 posted on 08/16/2010 9:56:41 PM PDT by LADY J (Change your thoughts and you change your world.. - Norman Vincent Peale)
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To: JulieRNR21
I agree. In the beginning I was leaning toward Scott. However, I will now be voting for McCollum.
I am afraid of some Scott scandal coming out and handing the governorship to the Dems.
25 posted on 08/16/2010 10:05:05 PM PDT by kara37
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To: MCOAvalanche
the ‘outsider’ candidate crook

The MSM would open up all his skeletons if he runs against a Democrat.

26 posted on 08/16/2010 10:11:06 PM PDT by lonestar (Barry is furious the big spill wasn't caused by EXXON...would have nationalized it by now.)
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To: JulieRNR21

This is the first poll that has McCollum in the lead...when every other poll has Scott in the lead

McCollum is pro-Illegal Alien, does not support the AZ SB 1070...he went John Kerry on it now. And, he is not going to beat Sink...not with Jeb Bush endorsing him

Scott is the better candidate, and is the conservative. Granted he has the issue of HCA getting zapped by the feds...but it will not hurt him against uber liberal Sink

Any poll done by Chamber of Commerce is questionable. Chamber of Commerce supports Illegal Alien Amnesty...and McCollum is pro-illegal...regardless of where he stands now.

National security begins at home. A vote for McCollum is a vote for an Open Borders liberal


27 posted on 08/16/2010 11:10:11 PM PDT by UCFRoadWarrior (JD for Senate ..... jdforsenate.com. You either voting for JD, or voting for the Liberal...)
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To: hinckley buzzard

He’s started out great but has become a first class RINO. The areas I specifically remember are he likes to spend, like McCain he has become a very recent convert to stopping illegal immigration, and he voted for the Brady Bill. There are other two faced actions that I can’t yet recall, but I do know never to trust him because he is now a full waffle RINO.

Here’s the deal in Florida:

A possible crook running against an actual RINO. You can take your pick, but I don’t vote for RINOs.


28 posted on 08/16/2010 11:21:35 PM PDT by Waryone
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To: NeoCaveman

He was a pretty good congressman but he always looked too much like an assistant branch manager.


29 posted on 08/16/2010 11:32:02 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: UCFRoadWarrior
How bizarre that this guy, Scott, just showed up in Florida months before he decided to run.

Folks do not vote for this Rick Scott.

Here is Scott's latest lawsuit
Rick Scott health care company accused of overbilling Medicare and - charges made by former Solantic doctors that their names and licenses were used without their consent.

Read for yourselves and get the facts on Scott's healthcare corruption. His company was fined $1.7 billion dollars for medicare fraud.

WHO ARE YOU RICK SCOTT????

Scott's campaign claims that he is pro-life. As one freeper points out, Scott's company profits from performing abortions...

Rick Scott Profits from Abortions
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/gop/2531234/posts?page=2
Here is Scott's latest lawsuit, this lawsuit will cost him the race

Mystery deposition puts Rick Scott on the defensive

Rick Scott faces new Medicare fraud accusations

A google search of "rick scott medicare fraud" will show what a crook this guy is.

30 posted on 08/16/2010 11:54:16 PM PDT by Fred (Suspend All Immigration Until Unemployment is Reduced to 5%)
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To: UCFRoadWarrior

This is the poll that the press is trying to hide. Masons Dixon from Aug 9th to 11th.

http://jacksonville.com/news/metro/2010-08-12/story/mccollum-finds-sudden-lead-over-scott-gop-race-governor

The liberals want to run against Scott. He will lose, either in the primary or the general.


31 posted on 08/17/2010 12:00:31 AM PDT by Fred (Suspend All Immigration Until Unemployment is Reduced to 5%)
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To: UCFRoadWarrior

Newsmax is in the tank for McCollum.


32 posted on 08/17/2010 4:26:08 AM PDT by Terpfen (FR is being Alinskied. Remember, you only take flak when you're over the target.)
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To: JulieRNR21; kinganamort; katherineisgreat; floriduh voter; summer; Goldwater Girl; windchime; ...

Florida Freeper

I'm compiling a list of FReepers interested in Florida-related topics.
If you want to be added, please FReepMail me.

33 posted on 08/17/2010 5:41:45 AM PDT by Joe Brower (Sheep have three speeds: "graze", "stampede" and "cower".)
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To: kara37

“I agree. In the beginning I was leaning toward Scott. However, I will now be voting for McCollum.
I am afraid of some Scott scandal coming out and handing the governorship to the Dems.”

This is exactly what I’ve been thinking. I’m going back to the McCollum side. Scott’s background makes me nervous. I only hope McCollum can “sink” Sink in November.


34 posted on 08/17/2010 6:07:41 AM PDT by Old Grumpy
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To: JulieRNR21

This is my biggest concern about Scott.


35 posted on 08/17/2010 6:25:48 AM PDT by brytlea (Jesus loves me, this I know.)
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To: Fred

I would really curious to know how many health care companies are accused of overbilling Medicare. FWIW I have NEVER had a hospital bill that did not include things that I didn’t get or were not done. I can’t imagine Medicare patients’ bills are any different.


36 posted on 08/17/2010 6:33:06 AM PDT by brytlea (Jesus loves me, this I know.)
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To: Frantzie

Everybody sucks?


37 posted on 08/17/2010 7:35:23 AM PDT by jospehm20
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To: JulieRNR21

If you run for the highest office in a State, you can’t hide behind a “Private Matter” no matter how good a business man you are. Likewise what we now have been experienced for about 20 grueling months from an illegal alien and certainly an usurper who by help of the greatest political scam in the nation’s history is taking it into Sharia Law!!!


38 posted on 08/17/2010 9:57:10 AM PDT by danamco (")
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To: Frantzie; JulieRNR21

Agree partly, but what are the alternative options now???


39 posted on 08/17/2010 9:59:18 AM PDT by danamco (")
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To: danamco

Not many options. The RINO GOP stinks. It takes lots of money to break through. I am not sure Scott is the one but MCCollum was against AZ. McCollum’s AZ law for FL will die after the primary.


40 posted on 08/17/2010 10:17:54 AM PDT by Frantzie (Democrats are the party of Islam.)
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To: Frantzie

I do wish I could agree with you on this one, but I can’t, because the truth is that McCullom was NOT against AZ, but supported it when wordings were changed, and that’s enough in my book. Strong Conservative candidate is a question mark, but seems to be more than the other candidates.

And I give him a plus for his stand as the House Member Manager in the late nineties. Just what is lacking right at this moment in Washington D.C. (District of Corruption) where you have nothing than pussycats, including a certain “retired”(?) USAF and FINO on the national threads plus a few other defectors not facing up to the Constitution!!!


41 posted on 08/17/2010 10:36:47 AM PDT by danamco (")
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To: Fred

Bumping your # 27.....

Thanks Fred for all those great links....Anyone thinking of voting for Rick Scott needs to read this information.

Scott’s shady Medicare fraud connections would be great ammo for the Dems to destroy him!


42 posted on 08/17/2010 2:48:21 PM PDT by JulieRNR21 (We Will Remember in November 2010.........)
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To: Fred

OOOOPS meant to BUMP your # 31!


43 posted on 08/17/2010 2:49:51 PM PDT by JulieRNR21 (We Will Remember in November 2010.........)
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To: Old Grumpy

This is exactly what I’ve been thinking. I’m going back to the McCollum side. Scott’s background makes me nervous. I only hope McCollum can “sink” Sink in November.

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I saw a poll recently that said McCollum was much stronger than Scott against Sink.

With Jeb’s endorsement and the GOP grassroots behind him, McCollum can beat Sink who would be an Obama-clone.....especially this year!


44 posted on 08/17/2010 2:54:37 PM PDT by JulieRNR21 (We Will Remember in November 2010.........)
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To: kara37

McCollum, as Attorney General, has opened up a bogus investigation on Scott’s new business.

McCollum has switched positions on illegal immigration.

Along with Clinton, Reno and the Jack-booted justice department, he was in favor of the railroading of Elian Gonzales. Also as a representative, he went along with Clinton on NAFT and GATT.

Hillary was responsible for the suit which took down Columbia HCA. Scott wanted to fight the suit but was overruled by the board of directors.

Vote Scott. McCollum is a consummate, PC, chameleon politician.

Get rid of incumbents!!


45 posted on 08/17/2010 4:16:29 PM PDT by Hennible Cobb (Don't wait for orders! Ride to the sound of the guns!)
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