By Chris Ingram
The Tampa Tribune
Published February 8, 2012
Just like his pal former speaker of the U.S. House Newt Gingrich, ex-congressman and former Florida attorney general Bill McCollum wants voters to forget a few things.
Gingrich would like voters to forget he’s a philandering hypocrite, a “histobbyist” and the ultimate Washington insider, with the ethics violations, record fines and enemies to prove it.
For his part, McCollum would like voters to forget about the fiasco that was his service as a Clinton impeachment manager. As one of the managers, McCollum proved his mastery of the law couldn’t get a grand jury of 12 Orthodox Jews to indict a ham sandwich.
McCollum would also like voters to forget that he’s a three-time loser at statewide campaigns in Florida. McCollum’s record is: lost a statewide general election to Bill “Milk Toast” Nelson; lost a GOP primary to Mel “Scared Of My Own Shadow” Martinez; and most recently lost a Republican primary to Rick “I’m Not The Problem, The Establishment Is” Scott in 2010.
Not only do these two peas share a pod of wanton voter forgetfulness, they are also old friends.
About three and a half weeks before the Florida presidential preference primary when Newt abandoned his “I’m Running For President To Promote My Books And DVDs” tour, he called on his buddy Bill to serve as his statewide campaign chairman. Newt needed a high-profile leader who could help him assemble a game plan in less than 25 days; McCollum, remember, has lots of experience running for office statewide in Florida.
Chris Ingram is the president and founder of 411 Communications a corporate and political communications firm, and publisher of Irreverent View. Ingram is a frequent pundit on Fox News and CNN, and has written opinion columns for the Washington Times, UPI, and National Review online. He is the Republican political analyst for Bay News 9, the only 24 hour all news channel in Florida’s largest media market. The opinions expressed here are those of author and do not represent the views of Bay News 9. E-mail him at: Chris@IrreverentView.com.
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