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Moneybags From Rick Scott and Jeff Greene Change Florida’s Political Scene



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Quinnipiac surprises us with some results this morning.

Political neophyte Rick Scott has surged to a 44 – 31 percent lead over Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum in the race for the Republican nomination for governor, apparently powered by a multi-million dollar television ad blitz to introduce him to voters, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.

In the contest for the Democratic U.S. Senate nomination, Jeff Greene, another political unknown with deep pockets, is following a similar approach of large TV ad spending to move into a statistical dead heat with Kendrick Meek, the independent Quinnipiac University survey finds: Meek gets 29 percent to Greene’s 27 percent with former Miami Mayor Maurice Ferre at 3 percent.  The biggest number, 37 percent, are undecided.

You may recall Rick Scott from a national advertising campaign against Obamacare. It will be up to Florida Republicans to decide whether his prominent efforts in that fight warrant giving him the nomination over McCollum, who has served as a member of Congress and state attorney general, and is endorsed by former governor Jeb Bush.

The Democratic primary number is a real shocker, as just days ago, Time magazine was telling us not to count out Kendrick Meek, and I was mocking them. Now we’re to believe a guy currently getting 29 percent of Democrats is going to overtake Charlie Crist and Marco Rubio?

There’s something appealing about the audacious, unlikely path to fortune of Jeff Greene — I earlier described him as a Horatio Alger story told by David Lynch – and now he’s only two percentage points behind a guy who’s been running for this office since January 2009.


Tags: Bill McCollum , Rick Scott


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