Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is endorsing Bill McCollum for governor in the Sunshine State, lauding him in a new TV ad released this week as a “principled conservative” and “solid leader.”
McCollum, Florida’s attorney general, is campaigning to succeed Charlie Crist, who is running for the Senate.
In a video on McCollum’s campaign website, Bush says:
“Tough times require proven leadership. Bill McCollum is a principled conservative with a record of doing what’s right for Florida.
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“Bill’s recovered nearly $200 million in Medicaid fraud. He’s leading the charge to stop President Obama’s healthcare takeover. And he has a plan to create 500,000 new jobs, reform government and cut wasteful spending.
“Support my friend Bill McCollum — the kind of solid leader Florida needs.”
McCollum faces a primary challenge from businessman Rick Scott and state Sen. Paula Dockery, while Florida’s chief financial officer, Alex Sink, is expected to be the Democratic nominee in the general election.
But Bush’s strong conservative credentials put significant weight behind McCollum’s candidacy.
McCollum is a former congressman who was elected Florida’s attorney general in 2006. In Congress, he was a champion of fiscal restraint and tax cuts.
McCollum recently has led the legal effort seeks to have President Barack Obama’s healthcare reform bill declared unconstitutional. Thirteen other state attorneys general across the United States have joined his suit.
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