Bill McCollum Was Against MLK Day Before He Was for It
Before those two failed Senate runs and his stint as attorney general, Republican gubernatorial candidate Bill McCollum was a congressman for 20 years. During his freshman term in the House, a young McCollum had a dream. A dream that one day, there would never be a national holiday celebrating the life and work of civil rights legend Martin Luther King Jr. So he voted against the resolution that made his birthday a national holiday.
"You were part of a very small, almost 'fringe' group of congresspeople who voted against the MLK holiday. Why did you oppose it? And if you regret it today, isn't that merely because you're running for governor now -- and you didn't have to worry about winning African-American votes back when you served in Congress?" read a statement from Florida's Democratic Party.
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