48 hours later, McCollum still boasting about his endorsements (video)

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John Frank of the St. Pete Times has posted a video of an interview that Bill McCollum gave this morning to reporters in Tallahassee after a Cabinet meeting, and it's very interesting.

McCollum does say that he called and congratulated Rick Scott yesterday, but that's the extent of what he was willing to say about the former health care chain executive who stunned him (and the country) at the polls on Tuesday night.

It has to be tough for McCollum, who for over a year thought for certain that he'd be the party's nominee, especially after former Chair Jim Greer cleared the field (or don't you remember Ag. Commissioner Charles Bronson announcing last year that he was thinking of running, before he was quickly given orders to back down?).  But really, bragging about your endorsements?  Obviously that meant nothing to the majority of Republicans in this race who A)  voted for Scott, or B) supported a man who many Republicans had no clue about, other than that he wasn't Scott or McCollum (We're talking about Mike McCalister, who stunned observers by gathering 10% of the vote, despite near zero name recognition).

( Correction: As a reader notes, Rick Scott did not get a majority of votes, but he did get a plurality).

"I had Governor Bush backing me, Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, Governor Huckabee, and the Florida Chamber, Police Chiefs Association, 28 Sheriff's  and so many others..."  (watch below)

McCollum admits that he had no money available to send any mailers at the end of the campaign, but said he wouldn't articulate any regrets.

One reporter paraphrased some consultants who said he blew it by coming out for an Arizona-style immigration bill, but in the GOP primary, McCollum probably lost that vote to Scott, who seized on the issue from the get-go and painted McCollum as actually weak on the issue.  But that harsh anti-illegal immigration stance that worked so wonderfully for Rick Scott in the primary may not pay any dividends for him with the entire electorate.

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