August 24th, 2010
07:55 PM ET
4 years ago

Unity rallies scrapped in Florida

 Rick Scott is locked in a primary battle with Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum.
Rick Scott is locked in a primary battle with Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum.

Orlando, Florida (CNN) - The Republican Party of Florida has scrapped plans for a pair of unity rallies intended to heal some of the wounds inflicted during the divisive gubernatorial primary between state Attorney General Bill McCollum and former health care executive Rick Scott.

The party had been plotting two such events for Wednesday, one in Orlando and another in Jacksonville, but those plans fell apart due to logistical reasons, RPOF spokeswoman Katie Betta told CNN. Scheduling became an issue because candidates up and down the ballot are scattered across the state, Betta said.

"We are hopeful we will be able to have some kind of event to capitalize on momentum coming out of the primaries, but at this point we are a little gun shy to try and figure out what the structure of the event would look like," Betta said.

The rallies were also scheduled to have a big ticket draw: Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, the chairman of the Republican Governors Association and a possible 2012 presidential candidate.

It's now unclear if Barbour will visit Florida to campaign with the eventual gubernatorial nominee, though he is slated to headline the party's annual Victory Dinner in Orlando on Sept. 10.

Betta also suggested the Scott campaign was hesitant to commit to the unity events because of their well-documented suspicions that the state party was backing McCollum in the primary, a charge Betta denied.

Betta added that the Scott campaign may have been bothered by McCollum's statement Monday that he would be reluctant to back Scott as the GOP nominee.

Jen Baker, a Scott spokeswoman, dismissed those claims and said the campaign only learned of the event cancellations on Tuesday afternoon, when the story was first reported by the Palm Beach Post.


Filed under: 2010 • Bill McCollum • Florida • Rick Scott
soundoff (4 Responses)
  1. GI Joe

    The check's in the mail.

    I'll pull out ... . . .

    blah blah blah blah blah blah

    August 24, 2010 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  2. Marie MD

    Until the rethugs really mean it nothing can repair their wounds!

    August 24, 2010 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  3. GaryB

    "Logistical Problems"... Interesting way to say that these two guys hate each others guts.

    August 24, 2010 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  4. Monster Zero

    I live in Florida, I'm voting for Scott. McCollum is a career inside politician that comes up with some lame-o immigration BS after the fact that has no way to ever make it through the courts. He has voted for tax increases over and over, Scott wants to downsize an over inflated bureaucracy that is choking the life out of every Florida private business there is. Scott and McCollum are both probably corrupt in one sense or another, whether it be money or ideologies, but Scott is a businessman and like myself has seen what an overstuffed nightmare of government non-producing ticks we have raised over this last 10 years of expansion that produce nothing. They take our tax monies away from where they should be applied to pay this batch of non-producing ticks and support their pensions. Cut government, they're still taking bonuses and pay increases as the rest of us suffer!

    August 24, 2010 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |