Bill McCollum continues to be haunted on the campaign trail by his decision to override the pleas of his own attorneys and pay a discredited witness a whopping $120,000. At a public forum in St. Petersburg, City Councilmember Steve Kornell raised the issue in the first question of the day. The largest progressive blog in the country, The Huffington Post, picked up the story from WMNF radio.
Florida State Attorney General Bill McCollum is being questioned on why he hired George Rekers -- an anti-gay activist who co-founded the conservative Family Research Council -- to testify at a gay adoption case in the Sunshine State in 2008.
The kicker: Rekers was caught red-handed taking a 10-day European vacation with a male escort he ordered on Rentboy.com back in May. At the time, both Rekers and McCollum faced intense criticism and scrutiny over the matter.
Now, the scandal has resurfaced at a time that could not be worse for McCollum, who is vying to capture Florida's Republican gubernatorial nomination in the state's August 24 primary election.