McCollum throws hat into ring for governor's race

05/18/09 Mitch E. Perry
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To the surprise of no one, Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum announced this morning that he will run for the Republican nomination for governor next year.

The 64-year-old referenced his extensive experience in Washington and Tallahassee in saying why he should be the next Governor of Florida.

McCollum has been in public life for nearly 30 years, 20 of them spent in Congress representing a district that includes Disney World and most of Orlando.

He’s probably most known for his role as one of the House Managers who impeached President Clinton in 1999. That led to his reputation as being fiercely partisan, but McCollum said his administration in Tallahassee would not be partisan.

At McCollum’s announcement, which was sent via press release from the Florida Republican Party, party officials seemed to be indicating that they are lining up firmly for the AG, and do not want to see a contested primary.

Agricultural Secretary Charles Bronson has said that he is also considering a run for governor. Before he introduced McCollum, State Party Chairman Jim Greer made sure to mention Bronson by name.

Daryl Paulson has been a professor of Political Science at the University of South Florida in St. Petersburg and is a Republican. He said the state GOP’s embrace of McCollum is two-fold.

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