TAMPA -- The Florida Chamber of Commerce endorsed Attorney General Bill McCollum today in the Republican primary race for governor.
The endorsement, made at the Tampa Port Authority following a brief site tour, signals the Chamber's strong support of McCollum's plan for creating jobs and strengthening Florida's economy, an official said.
"Bill McCollum has a strong pro-business track record, and fully understands the important role businesses are to the overall health of Florida's economy," said Steve Halverson, Florida Chamber board chairman and president of The Haskell Co. "Bill McCollum understands the need to create a business climate that is conducive for high-wage, high-skill jobs, and has a solid plan that will help Florida bridge to the next economy."
McCollum's "Real Solutions, News Jobs: A Roadmap to Florida's Future," is a comprehensive plan designed to create more than 500,000 new jobs in the next six years, and tackle the regulatory roadblocks impeding Florida's business climate. His plan to prepare Florida's children for the future demonstrates the important link between talent supply and education, and how the quality of Florida's education system is essential to our state's economic vitality.
McCollum, who is in a tight race with political upstart Rick Scott for the GOP nomination, said, “I'm honored to have the Florida Chamber of Commerce's endorsement and support in my campaign to be Florida's next governor. With more than 1 million Floridians out of work, nothing is more important than advancing bold pro-business policies to get our economy back on track. The Florida Chamber of Commerce is a leader in advocating for the economic climate that will ensure the Sunshine State recruits, retains and grows the businesses of tomorrow. As Florida's next governor, I look forward to working with the Chamber's leadership and members in implementing my plan to create hundreds of thousands of new jobs for Floridians."
The Chamber believes McCollum is a serious leader for serious times.
"We know Bill McCollum is a dedicated public servant with a solid record for putting Florida's interests first," Halverson said. "We know he is a leader of the highest character, and that he is ready to lead our great state on day one. Bill McCollum's experience, dedication and character are often overlooked in the sound bite world of modern politics and news, but these traits are exactly what we should look for in our elected officials. That is why the Florida Chamber of Commerce proudly endorses Bill McCollum."
The Chamber also encouraged its 139,000-member businesses and organizations to support McCollum.
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