You Can Smell the Sour Grapes in McCollum’s Concession Statement
It seems that might have changed on Tuesday evening. McCollum doesn't seem too pleased with the decision of voters on Tuesday to nominate Rick Scott for governor. At first he refused to concede defeat, despite the fact that the Associated Press and several other major news outlets had called the race for Scott. After Scott declared victory, and the margin between the two failed to shrink, McCollum eventually (and reluctantly) released a statement in which he takes a shot at Scott as having a "questionable past" and fails to congratulate him on his victory or make attempt to encourage party unity moving forward.
“The votes today have been tallied and I accept the voters’ decision,” says McCollum. “This race was one for the ages. No one could have anticipated the entrance of a multi-millionaire with a questionable past who shattered campaign spending records and spent more in four months than has ever been spent in a primary race here in Florida."
“While I was disappointed with the negative tone of the race, I couldn’t be more proud of our campaign and our supporters for fighting back against false and misleading advertising when we were down by double-digits," he continues. “First, I want to thank my wife, Ingrid, and our entire family. I could not have made it this far without Ingrid’s unwavering love and support. I also want to thank the many Republican leaders who stood by our campaign and helped build our organization, especially Governor Jeb Bush, Commissioner Charlie Bronson, House Speaker Larry Cretul, Senate President Designate Mike Haridopolos, House Speaker Designate Dean Cannon and House Majority Leader Adam Hasner."
“As I’ve said time and time again, this race was never about me, it’s about Floridians," he says. "My campaign was about our kids and grandkids, and making Florida a better place for them."
It ends: “My campaign for Governor may be over, but I remain committed to serving our state and serving out the rest of my term as Florida’s Attorney General. We will continue our fight against Obamacare, continue to support states’ rights and their authority to crack down on illegal immigration and fight for all Floridians. I love Florida, and I believe in the extraordinary people who have made it the greatest state in the country. There is nothing beyond our reach when we put trust in individuals and in free enterprise, not in government or bureaucracy. I will always remain committed to fighting for these core conservative principles.”
Planned "unity events" around the state have been postponed as the party's establishment reels from Scott's largely unexpected victory.