Court decision critical for Bill McCollum's chances in GOP Primary

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Meanwhile, Scott was in The Villages yesterday on a campaign swing, where, according to the Orlando Sentinel's Christine Show, "the Republican candidate for governor offered few specifics on how to do that during his visit Monday to this retirement community."

Which reminds me - have there been many audiences in Florida that have been overwhelmed by a Rick Scott appearance?  I can only speak about his appearance at the Tampa Club a few months ago, when the neophyte political candidate made one of his first public speeches ever - nothing too impressive, but also far too early in his campaign to be too judgmental.  That was the take then.

But is he wowing Republicans on the campaign trail?  That is, when he's not speaking out about Arizona's illegal immigration law?  One wonders.  Yes, he's spending Bill McCollum into the ground right now, but is the electorate so dazzled by the commercials? Or are they simply less impressed with the devil they now, the Attorney General who's been involved in Florida politics for three decades now?

Florida's public finance laws ("derided as welfare for politicians") will make Attorney General and GOP gubernatorial candidate Bill McCollum eligible for taxpayer funds matching dollar-for-dollar what his richer opponent, Rick Scott spends over the $24.9 million limit, which could happen within the next week or so.

That's the law, though the multimillionaire Scott did say when he got into the campaign that he wouldn't spend more than $24.9 million limit.

But now that he's leading in some polls and starting to enjoy the rigors of a campaign, he's determined to do what politicians all across the country have done, which is to spend as much cash as he has to win office.

People may not like it, but it's allowed.

What isn't allowed is to stop his opponents from then being able to exploit the state's election laws to get matching funds, specifically a dollar-for-dollar match on everything Scott spends past that $24.9 million limit..  But somehow, Scott doesn't like that part of the law, claiming that it's an unconstitutional violation of his constitutional rights.

Despite Scott's lawsuit,  the suddenly cash poor McCollum is still slated to get more than $2 million under a separate law that awards matching funds of up to $250 for each individual contribution he gets from a Florida voter.

On Wednesday U.S. Judge Robert Hinkle is scheduled to hear Scott's request.

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