|Not exactly Mr. Charisma. |
If politics really does come down to which candidate you'd rather have a beer with, then Bill McCollum's candidacy might as well be dead on arrival. The guy has never really screamed excitement or personality, but that hasn't stopped him from seeking stat-wide elected office in Florida now for four time (loosing two, winning one, running in the fourth).
Daniel Ruth of the St. Pete Times
ponders in his column today
if McCollum is, well, just way too boring to win the Governor's race, and wonders if the Republicans have too often pushed McCollum for office instead of more exciting, and promising politicians.
Now Florida's Republican mandarins are once more lining up like Apollo Creed's entourage in Rocky behind the Urkel of Tallahassee's quest for the governor's mansion.
Just how pulse-challenged is McCollum? His presumptive Democratic opponent is Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink, who also has never been confused with Charo when it came to an effervescent presence on the hustings. Yet, compared to McCollum, Sink is now being touted in some circles as a veritable Margaret Thatcher meets Cher of the 2010 gubernatorial contest.
McCollum has been marketed as a steady, experienced candidate who has been repeatedly tested in the political arena, which is a nice way of saying this chap is extraordinarily skilled at giving concession speeches.
Damn. Ruth even calls McCollum, "The aging Howdy Doody of Florida politics." Would he prefer the young Howdy Doody of Florida politics, Adam Putnam, instead? Actually, if I had to choose between to share a PBR with McCollum or Putnam, I think I'd pick Bill just because the irony would match the beer choice. Atleast he's got that going for him. In any event, Hi Daniel Ruth. You're our new favorite daily paper columnist in Florida.