June 14th, 2010
03:28 PM ET
12 years ago

Romney endorses McCollum

(CNN) – Former Republican White House hopeful Mitt Romney has made his choice in Florida's GOP gubernatorial primary.

Romney is backing Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum who is in a primary fight with former health care executive Rick Scott.

"Bill McCollum has a record as a principled conservative leader who has always fought for lower taxes, less government and traditional values, and I'm proud to support him as Florida's next governor," Romney said in a written statement Monday.

Romney's Free and Strong America PAC also announced Monday that it is contributing $5,000 to the Florida Republican Party.

Romney's endorsement comes as Scott has surged past McCollum in recent polling.

In a Quinnipiac University poll released last Thursday, 44 percent of those surveyed said they backed Scott while 31 percent supported McCollum and 24 percent were undecided.

The poll surveyed 814 Republican likely primary voters by telephone from June 2-8. The survey has a margin or error of plus of minus 3.4 percentage points.

Filed under: 2010 • Bill McCollum • Florida • Mitt Romney
soundoff (8 Responses)
  1. Harry Baxter

    As a Florida resident, I can only say, "Who cares?". Maybe Sarah Palin will endorse him too, and turn off even more voters than Romney does. Bill McCollum is a political hack, but Rick Scott is a Right-Wing millionaire with no political experience who should have been prosecuted when the company that he founded, Columbia HCA was fined $1.7B by the government for, among other things, double-billing Medicare for millions of dollars and running filthy hospitals. We in Florida seem to be coming up with slates featuring some of the worst candidates in our history. I'd be ashamed to live here, except that I shoveled snow for too many years.

    June 14, 2010 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  2. jerseylou

    HA.....Rommey the kiss of death between both butts cheeks of McCollum.

    June 14, 2010 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  3. Johnathan

    I know that Florida is part of the redneck southern coalition, but this McCollum dude, he's a tea bagger, suing the gov over healthcare. I just hope that the Tampa beaches are black with oil when repugnants hold their convention there. Obama, don't spend a dime on these "big guvmint n-trusion" crybabies . Let them swim and eat oil for 500 years. Just call it a "states rights" matter, since they love that.

    June 14, 2010 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |

    I'm really shocked that old mitt didn't get behind Scott. Scott is a pretty slimy guy, former insurance company and health care rip off artist. But the bottom line is, Florida really needs to elect a democrat since there are no moderate republicans in the race.

    Vote NO in NOvember to the party of NO.

    June 14, 2010 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  5. Marty, FL

    Sorry, but who cares about the out-of-state establishment? I'm not voting for Bill "rentboy" McCollum nor Rick "Medicare fraud" Scott. Both of them are too far right.

    Alex Sink is the best choice for governor now and will add oversight to our FL Legislature.

    June 14, 2010 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  6. ja

    who cares and who is romney, he has one vote, this endorsement thing is like blowing smoke

    June 14, 2010 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  7. Marie MD

    I find it quite interesting that the repugs continue to be endorsed by BIG time losers (i.e., romney, huckabee the quitter with her brand new tatas).
    Why attach yourself to someone nobody wanted or somebody who put the last nail in the cofin in 2008?
    Sad, so sad!! 🙂 🙂

    June 14, 2010 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  8. Republicans is smart in the head area

    Gotta love that the head of a crooked health care organization that funded an astroturf campaign against health care reform is the leading candidate for the GOP Gubernatorial nomination. It's the company you keep!

    June 14, 2010 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |