Former Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum is mulling over another state run for the U.S. Senate, but he says he will not make up his mind until after October but before the end of 2015.
McCollum ran for the U.S. Senate in 2000 and 2004, losing both times to his Democratic opponent.
McCollum has been contemplating a run for months, but only now is he openly saying that he is considering another statewide run. McCollum makes a good point when he says that if he ran again, it wouldn’t be like his gubernatorial race in 2010. Tampa Bay Times writes:
You’ve got four candidates in this race right now, so it’s not like I’m going to have what I did in the governor’s race (in 2010). Everybody in the state isn’t going to be supporting me if I run. The question is whether enough of them are.
McCollum was the Republican Party choice for gubernatorial nomination, but some millionaire by the name of Rick Scott had other plans.
The recent PPP poll on the Republican Senate primary race has all of the candidates virtually tied with one another. Businessman and former Special Forces veteran Todd Wilcox was not named in the poll.
Rep. David Jolly leads Rep. Ron DeSantis and Lt. Governor Carlos Lopez-Cantera by only a few percentage points, according to the poll.
Would the fourth time be the charm for McCollum?
McCollum is considered one of those “yesterday” politicians that is beholden to the “establishment” GOP, something that Floridians have had enough of.