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Palin endorses Bondi for attorney general

by Dara Kam | August 18th, 2010

Political newbie Pam Bondi scooped her GOP rivals for attorney general with an endorsement today from conservative icon Sarah Palin.

Palin, who was Sen. John McCain’s running mate in the 2008 presidential election, backed Bondi along with a handful of other female GOP candidates throughout the country today.

“We desperately need these conservative leaders who won’t kowtow to the Obama administration’s big government overreach into our states, small businesses, families, and individual lives,” Palin wrote on her Facebook page about Bondi and Iowa attorney general candidate Brenna Findley.

Palin ‘s endorsement this late in the primary game could translate into some last-minute campaign cash for Bondi, a former prosecutor who’s kicking off a state-wide, four-day bus tour beginning tomorrow in Tallahassee.

The endorsement is a snub of Bondi’s opponent Holly Benson, a former Florida House member who also served under Gov. Charlie Crist as secretary of both the Department of Business and Professional Regulation and the Agency for Health Care Administration.

Benson recently launched a television ad in which she calls both Bondi and the third GOP AG candidate Lt. Gov. Jeff Kottkamp liberals.

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19 Responses to “Palin endorses Bondi for attorney general”

  1. Half Pint Says:

    Well this should end the career of Bondi- it’ll go with Palin’s political career- the bridge to no where.

  2. jaded Says:

    Well, now I know who not to vote for.

  3. okee Says:

    Palin, the ex-gov of Alaska, who quit on her on state, wants to make an endorsement for the State of Florida. Thanks Sarah, you helped me make my mind up. I’m voting for the other guy!!!

  4. TheMan Says:

    Palin is borderline retarded. I wouldnt Vote for anyone she backs.

  5. VOTER Says:

    Who the hell cares who Palin supports.
    Palin is a nobody who didn’t know what she was doing before she ran and surely did not become some genius during the VP bid. Do people really think she “learned” enough during that run to be anybody.

  6. BrendaStarr Says:

    Darn! You guys took all of my best lines. Poor Bondi, we hardly knew ya…LOL.

  7. djnfla Says:

    I can see November from my front porch and it’s looking good! Thank you Gov. Palin…

  8. Educator Says:

    Sarah, please keep endorsing those Republicans and Tea Partiers! Please run against the President in’12. Go Palin!!!

  9. FloridaBorn Says:

    Yeah. I was going to vote for Bondi and this clinched it.

  10. OBIWAN Says:

    Go ahead Educator and make fun of Sarah. the last laugh will be on you and the left wing BARAMA supporters.

    Sarah and Newt will be here soon enough and your beloved BARAMA will be out in the cold.

  11. Jupiter Guy Says:

    Does anyone actually care who the alaskan wackjob endorses?

  12. If Shes Good Enough For Sarah Palin Shes Good Enough For Me Says:

    You progressives just keep on attacking whats right because you don’t have sense enough to recognize it! Most of you were born after 1979. Well conservatives with brains while it sometimes takes a little while to develop them are paying attention and we are supporting Pam Bondi because she is not part of the Florida culture of corruption! The corrupt need to fear her and rightfully so!

  13. HotReds Says:

    I don’t care about politics. But they sure are hot together.

  14. Unreal Says:

    Even though Palin has turned into a little money making machine, and most people don’t take her seriously, there is no way that her endorsement will fix the democrats in Washington have done to the left. Too bad we don’t have some better candidates.

  15. SusieVoter Says:

    Easy come, Easy go…Bye Bye Bondi

    Oh, #12, for your info, I was born well before 1979.

  16. Panhandle Says:

    Ha ha ha ha ha!

  17. You won't read it in the press... but here it is Says:

    “Undecided” is still the leader in the Republican race for attorney general, but the three GOP candidates are each making inroads — especially Jeff Kottkamp, a new Sunshine State News Poll shows.

    With just five days until Election Day, the poll shows Lt. Gov. Kottkamp with 29 percent, Hillsborough County prosecutor Pam Bondi at 22 percent and Holly Benson, a former state administrator, garnering 19 percent.

    Thirty percent of respondents remain undecided in the survey of 1,000 likely Republican voters conducted Aug. 12-15 by Voter Survey Service for the Sunshine State News Poll. A whopping 55 percent were undecided in last month’s VSS poll.

    Today’s poll shows the biggest gains for Kottkamp since VSS’s July 10 survey, which he led by a single percentage point over Bondi. Since then, the lieutenant governor has picked up 12 percentage points while Benson gained 7 points and Bondi added 6.

    VSS president Jim Lee said Kottkamp’s edge among senior citizens and “super voters” (who voted in both the 2006 and 2008 primaries) indicates that the lieutenant governor “has support with stalwart, base GOP voters who can be a reliable voting bloc in a low-turnout primary election.

    “Although Kottkamp has picked up support with most demographic groups (in comparison to the July poll), his increase seems to be driven by a surge in support particularly among both young voters and voters in North Florida,” Lee added.

    In the July poll among 18- to 44-year-olds, the race was wide open, with 61 percent still undecided, and all three candidates tied within the poll’s margin of error. The current survey shows Kottkamp jumping out to 36 percent of that age demographic, far ahead of Benson (at 17 percent) and Bondi (at 14 percent).

    Benson, a Pensacola resident, led the North Florida region with 21 percent in the July survey. In the current poll, Kottkamp has pulled into the lead with 33 percent, compared to Benson’s 24 percent and Bondi’s 13 percent.

    North Florida was the only one of three regions that registered a dramatic shift. Bondi narrowly led both polls in Central Florida, while Kottkamp, from Southwest Florida, enjoys double-digit leads in the southern region. Bondi still leads the pack at her home base in the Tampa Bay area with 38 percent (Kottkamp 27 percent, Benson 13 percent).

    “One additional factor that seems to be working in Kottkamp’s favor is that the two women in the race could be splitting the female vote, which could be hurting Bondi since she was the candidate who in the last poll we concluded as the one with the best chance for growth,” Lee said.

    In the current survey, Kottkamp holds an 11-point lead among males — 32 percent vs. 21 percent for Bondi and 19 percent for Benson — whereas among females Kottkamp leads by 4 points (Kottkamp, 26 percent; Bondi, 22 percent; and Benson, 19 percent).

    Strategically and politically, Kottkamp may have benefited by distancing himself from his controversial boss, Republican-turned-independent Gov. Charlie Crist when he endorsed Marco Rubio in the upcoming U.S. Senate race.

    Kottkamp also has picked up support from social conservatives and right-to-life groups — both big players in GOP primaries.

    “Kottkamp has better solidified his base and he’s getting separation,” Lee noted. “He has the most potential to tap into older voters. He seems to have a better comfort level with seniors as the safer choice.”

    Describing Kottkamp’s team as “cautiously optimistic,” campaign spokesman David Bishop said, “It’s now clear there is movement in the race and that he has the momentum. All polls point in that direction.”

    Bondi claimed her own momentum, saying: “The only poll that matters is the one on Election Day, but all the momentum is on our side, and we are confident that our grass-roots organization and endorsements like the one from the Florida Chamber of Commerce will carry us through to victory next Tuesday.”

    Benson’s spokeswoman, Sarah Bascom, said, “This race is close and going to come down to the wire. We are confident that our grass-roots support and get-out-the-vote programs will carry Holly to victory on Tuesday.”

    VSS, an independent polling company which is a division of Susquehanna (Pa.) Polling & Research, questioned 1,000 likely Republican voters across Florida. The poll’s margin of error is 3.1 percent at the 95 percent confidence level.

    Oh yeah, Bondi’s got the momentum alright. Hahahahahahaha

  18. melody Says:

    If it wasn’t for “big government overreach” women would not even have the right to vote! Who are these ‘air headed’ pair trying to fool? The conservative Republicans and their policies are all about the interests of big global business and nothing to do with small business, families, or individual lives! The last decade of conservative Republican administration created this crazy deregulated economy of imported cheap and dangerous foreign made items sold by small businesses to cash strapped families living off service industry or natural resources extraction jobs of giant corporate entities while separating individuals from retirement funds as rapidly as possible by greedy privatizations!

  19. JohnW Says:

    If Palin is for them, I am against them!

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