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Bondi talks about her FOXNews pals, Sarah Palin and those controversial card check comments

by Dara Kam | August 19th, 2010

Pam Bondi nailed down about $50,000 at a last-minute fundraiser in Jacksonville this evening hosted by business biggies Steve Halverson, president of the Florida Chamber of Commerce, and Ericka Alba, head of Associated Industries of Florida. Both business groups are backing Bondi in the primary.

Bondi, in a tight GOP primary for attorney general against Holly Benson and Lt. Gov. Jeff Kottkamp, made her last in-person pitch for campaign funds before the midnight deadline tonight after which candidates are barred from collecting cash until after the primary election on Tuesday.

The event took place at Halverson’s posh home overlooking the St. John’s River, a far cry from the tiny store front in downtown Lake City where she shook hands with about a dozen locals eager to meet the political neophyte in person.

At both events on Bondi’s four-day sweep of the state before Tuesday, Bondi spoke about comments she made during a radio call-in program this weekend that fired up Kottkamp’s campaign.

“With the unions, I am totally against the secret ballot. We cannot have the secret ballot. Everything has to be public. The votes have to be public. We have to have transparency to make sure that everything is on the up and up. We have to protect our businesses in this economy more than ever,” she said on Tico Perez’ WDBO radio show this weekend.

What she said meant she supports the union-backed card check included in the Employee Free Choice Act that would allow unions to organize if 50 percent of workers check a card in public. Under existing law, workers can vote for or against unionization in federally supervised, private-ballot elections.

“By forcing workers to sign a card in public–instead of vote in private–Card Check opens the door to intimidation and coercion,” the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, which opposes the Employee Free Choice Act, says on its website.

Kottkamp’s camp immediately jumped on Bondi, who since said she misunderstood the question and repeatedly insisted she opposes the unions’ card check program.

Here Bondi talks about her FOXNews pals Sean Hannity and Greta Van Susteren and her endorsement from conservative darling Sarah Palin before clarifying her position on card check.

Halverson, who said Bondi collected about $50,000 in donations at his soiree, also backed up Bondi on where she stands on the issue that he said is ‘virtually a litmus test” for candidates.

“Obviously, card check is virtually a litmus test. I can absolutely assure you that what Pam said – that’s she’s been opposed to card check from the very beginning. If anybody heard that or heard comments from her desperate opponent to the contrary, rest assured that isn’t the case,” Halverson said.

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10 Responses to “Bondi talks about her FOXNews pals, Sarah Palin and those controversial card check comments”

  1. Blake Says:

    Wait – she called it “check card” not card check — TWICE.

    I’ve some to the realization that this woman isn’t for anything — she’s too stupid to figure it out.

  2. Jeff Tomaro Says:

    Check card and card check is the same thing. Both are made up terms like ObamaCare.

  3. Max Says:

    @ Jeff…grow-up.

  4. Sally Says:

    Looks like Palin has backed another loser. Is the union card check plan confusing? It is, but if you are going to run for office and speak about it, on national TV, you;d better be a bit more prepared than Palin was for Couric.Otherwise, you come off as an uneducated twit.

  5. Unreal Says:

    Bondi’s answers sounds more like she didn’t even understand the issue along with the question when asked. However the Chamber has been so strongly against the EFCA all along i would not believe they would support her without some clarity on that point.
    Card check would be a travesty and bring us back to the arm twisting so evident in Chicago and other northern cities.
    I would shut my plant down and outsource manufacturing if that plan passed. Talk about a job killer.
    I am hoping she read a lot more before the final election comes, if she wins the primary.

  6. Dune Dawg Says:

    We all support rehabbing Democrats – and hope Pam Bondi might someday prove she is a conservative… Not remembering who she voted for the last decade does not sound like that will be this year!!

    LT GOV Kottkamp is a known quantity and Republicans should expect more from him than we got from AG Bill McCollum…can’t name a thing he accomplished the last four year??

    Meantime Pam is a FoxNews Hottie that makes evening news far more enjoyable than anything CNN has dished up…

  7. V Says:

    Yeah Dawg, I’d rather watch a “hottie” than real news too………….Not.

    This broad is a republicon/Fox blonded that can’t tell you her name in the AM without looking at a photo ID first. A lot like her girlfriend Sarah and the other bimbos on Fox.

    Your interpretation of rehabbing must mean dumbing down.

    Although I do whole heartedly agree with you on McCollum. But, I’ll bet you’ll vote for him if he gets the nomination, just because he’s republicon. Won’t ya?

  8. Get real Says:

    1st – card checks would not be “public” – employees would sign cards privately and the entire batch would be checked against an employer provided list of total employees – if 50% plus 1 signed cards they would be able to negotiate for a contract.
    2nd – that this idiot claimed she is against a “secret ballot” proves she is a complete moron. I suppose she is against votes in her election being secret too?
    3rd – taking away the constitutional right to Freedom of Assemby “protects” businesses in America? What is more important to protect – business or our nations constitution & Bill of Rights? Who are we protecting?
    4th – the only reason unions want card checks is because the election process is a joke. Employers routinely fire, intimidate, harrass and lie to their employees in the build-up to the election, which sometimes takes over a year to have after employees have signed cards to allow an election.
    Maybe Pam “the idiot” Biondi should read this post so she understands at least one subject. This idiot could be our Attorney General? God help us. For those biz groups to support her says a lot about them.

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