Tea Party: Rick Scott Gets Top Marks; Not Bill McCollum, Who Won't Forsake Contributor

Like Scott, Jeff Kottkamp earns perfect score on tea report card
By: Kenric Ward | Posted: August 19, 2010 4:05 AM

A tea party group downgraded Republican gubernatorial candidate Bill McCollum on its conservative report card for failing to sign a pledge opposing the "bailout" of U.S. Sugar Corp.

The pledge was part of a questionnaire sent by Tea Party in Action to political candidates across the state to gauge their positions on issues important to the tea partiers. The group's executive director Marianne Moran said McCollum's failure to sign the pledge deprived him from earning a perfect score and matching his rival Rick Scott.

"While Rick Scott scored a perfect score, his opponent for the gubernatorial nod, Attorney General Bill McCollum, earned a lesser degree of support because he wavered on a key issue. Attorney General McCollum declined to sign his name to a pledge to oppose the U.S. Sugar Corp. bailout," Moran said in a statement.

She said the absence of McCollum's signature left his questionnaire incomplete.

Moran said she contacted McCollum's campaign "several times" in an effort to get the candidate to sign the pledge. "But they declined," she said.

McCollum spokeswoman Kristy Campbell sidestepped the signature dispute and questioned the tea group's "bailout" reference. "That (original) deal is not on the table any more," she said.

Nearly three years after the deal was engineered by now-independent Gov. Charlie Crist, the South Florida Water Management District's governing board voted last week to proceed with a scaled-down purchase of 28,000 acres for $197 million, ostensibly to restore a portion of the Everglades.

Tea party groups, including Moran's, oppose the U.S. Sugar land acquisition, calling it a politically driven raid on taxpayer funds that will do little or nothing to help the Everglades.

Joining tea partiers rallying outside SFWMD's West Palm Beach headquarters, Scott accused McCollum of being in U.S. Sugar's pocket.

"During the course of his campaign, McCollum and his attack groups have directly or indirectly received nearly $1 million from U.S. Sugar. He has cut a secret deal supporting a secret tax," Scott charged.

Campbell called Scott's tax allegations "ludicrous" and "out of touch with reality."

"(McCollum) has pledged not to raise taxes," she said.

Campbell added that federal courts have mandated that certain Everglades restoration projects move forward.

Moran listed hundreds of candidates who completed and signed her group's questionnaire, which also included questions on immigration, a balanced budget, limited government and "Obamacare."

The document was mailed to candidates around Aug. 7-8, she said.

Moran said McCollum still has time to sign the pledge.

"If he wants to sign that's OK. He would (then) have the perfect score," she said.

Meanwhile, Moran stated, “The results of our questionnaire will be distributed to every tea party group in the state of Florida, and will be spread on Facebook, Twitter and the grass-roots network in order to help citizens decide whom they will support in the Aug. 24 primary."

Hundreds of candidates across Florida responded to the group’s questionnaire, she said. The survey was sent to all candidates for legislative, local and statewide office. Topping the list of like-minded respondents, besides Rick Scott for governor, was Lt. Gov. Jeff Kottkamp, candidate for attorney general.

View the list of respondents here.

Contact Kenric Ward at kward@sunshinestatenews.com or at (772) 801-5341.

Comments (6)

3:16AM SEP 28TH 2011
I am looking forward for your next post, I will try to get the hang of it!
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3:16AM SEP 28TH 2011
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12:33PM AUG 24TH 2010
I've unsubscribed from all tea party emails. Between Rick Scott and that nut Sharon Angle in Nevada and others the tea parties are going to lose seats us conservatives needed to win to balance the power in this country. The tea parties and Sarah Palin need to sit down and shut up!
8:18AM AUG 25TH 2010
Ho hum... another phony pretending to be conservative. Comrade, if you were a conservative, you'd want the Tea Party to modify their message and be careful who they stand behind rather than telling them to simply shut up.

You also let the usual liberal PDS (Palin Derangement Syndrome) babble slip out.

You're not fooling ANYBODY.
2:24PM AUG 19TH 2010
I live in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida and have recently begun to seriously research the candidates for governor.

I’m learning Bill McCollum is not the good guy he’s made out to be and Rick Scott not the bad guy.

Hundreds of hospitals were targeted and fined in the Clinton smackdown of hospitals including Columbia HCA. They didn’t conform to Hillarycare. I was surprised Duke University Hospital was one. I am an original Memphian, and I couldn’t believe our St. Jude Childrens Hospital in Memphis was another.

When McCollum served as a Florida Representative in Washington, he did several things that torqued my jaws. He was a vocal supporter of NAFTA and GATT along with Bill Clinton. He also sided with Clinton, Reno and the jack-booted Justice Department in the Elian Gonzales affair.

As well, I’m not especially pleased with his chameleon stance on illegal immigration. And, his vote for the Brady Bill didn’t elevate his stock in my eyes.

This may be most important. We live in a new era which says, “Throw the incumbents out!” McCollum is the consummate incumbent, never having worked at a real job.

Take a look at this article posted earlier. It’s a conservative publication, but it’s pretty unbiased.


McCollum, artificially empowered by his position of Attorney General, is abusing his government influence much like unto our Attorney General, Eric Holder.

I believe Scott is being railroaded.

As it stands right now, my vote goes to Rick Scott
12:28PM AUG 24TH 2010
Rick Scott was either asleep or a thief for 10 years as CEO of HCA while they stole hundreds of millions of dollars from Medicare. Which ever it was I don't want him as governor! The only reason he wasn't charged was he testified against HCA. Even with the fines being over a billion dollars that didn't cover what they stole. McCollum isn't the greatest thing in the world but next to Scott he's a winner. Before you decide read some of the whistle blower blogs on Scott while he was with HCA.

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