Former Republican gubernatorial contender Bill McCollum, who has said he has lingering questions about his opponent’s character and integrity, defended Democrat Alex Sink against false attacks from Republican nominee Rick Scott.
Scott, who has some of the highest negative ratings of any candidate in the country for his long history of fraud and deception, has yet to convince Republicans like McCollum and moderates to line up behind his candidacy.
TALLAHASSEE — Alex Sink’s attempt to rebut campaign allegations by Republican gubernatorial opponent Rick Scott that she fiddled while Florida’s investment portfolio burned was bolstered by an unlikely ally Tuesday: Florida Attorney General and former Scott foe Bill McCollum.
Days after Scott unleashed allegations that Sink was at fault for an investment freefall, Scott’s former Republican rival McCollum appeared to go out of his way Tuesday to steer the state’s top investment official to provide cover for the State Board of Administration’s investment oversight during the tumultuous years following the 2007 market crash.
In a series of questions, McCollum led SBA executive director Ash Williams down a path of questioning that sought to refute recent newspaper reports and a $1 million Scott ad campaign that paper losses in the state’s retirement and local investment funds were preventable and resulted in actual losses to retirees and local governments.