Published: Jun 03, 2010 7:14 PM EDT
Updated: Jun 03, 2010 4:14 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum says his exclusion from a meeting earlier this week shows the Obama Administration doesn't understand the seriousness of the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

In a two-page letter Thursday to Attorney General Eric Holder, McCollum said the administration has demonstrated a lack of competence in handling the spill.

McCollum was not invited to a meeting Tuesday when Holder met with Gulf state attorneys generals and U.S. attorneys after touring of areas affected by the massive oil spill.

McCollum said the omission suggests the administration fails to appreciate the imminent crisis faced by Florida as oil sheen from the April 20 well explosion approaches the state's coastline.