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Florida governor's race: Why is GOP sending well-heeled Rick Scott $2 million?

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(Read caption) Florida governor's race: Republican gubernatorial candidate Rick Scott, right, and his wife Ann respond to cheering supporters at a unity rally at the Marks Street Senior Center in Orlando, Florida, Aug. 30.

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Rick Scott is one of the richest candidates running in the 2010 elections. The former health-care executive spent $50 million of his own money in winning the Republican nomination for the Florida gubernatorial race. He paid for so many 30-second ads that if one station broadcast them end to end it would have taken 25 days to see them all, according to one media analysis group.

So why is the Republican Governors Association (RGA) sending his campaign $2 million in precious GOP campaign funds? Isn’t that a little bit like giving Bill Gates $10 for lunch?

One word: unity. Mr. Scott’s primary struggle with state Attorney General Bill McCollum was bitter. At one point, RGA leaders asked Scott to pull ads linking Mr. McCollum to indicted former state Republican chairman Jim Greer; Scott refused, and complained that “Washington insiders” were rallying to his opponent.


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