AG wars: Bondi camp calls Gelber a liarby Dara Kam | October 8th, 2010
GOP attorney general candidate Pam Bondi’s campaign consultant called out her Democrat opponent Dan Gelber for “a distortion of the truth” in his new television ad.
In the ad, Gelber accuses Bondi of promising to “side with corporate interests” if she is elected.
“Dan Gelber’s first television ad is a disappointing distortion of the truth and in keeping with a career politician’s ‘win at all costs’ attitude. He talks about corruption but has no problem corrupting the truth. He made an allegation that wasn’t true and offered no evidence, because there is none,” Bondi campaign consultant Brett Doster said in a statement.
The ad refers to remarks Bondi’s made on the campaign trail pledging to side with the Florida Chamber of Commerce in fighting the union-backed card check issue and statements she’s made saying that “the last thing we need is an Eliott Spitzer-type” AG.
Gelber interpreted that to mean she won’t go after white-collar criminals as Spitzer, known as the “Sheriff of Wall Street,” did before he went down in flames after being caught with prostitutes.
What she meant by the Spitzer reference, Bondi told us, is that she won’t use the attorney general job as a stepping stone to higher office. Spitzer parlayed his attorney general stint into governor before he was forced to resign.
Shortly after he was elected to the state senate, Gelber decided to run for the U.S. Senate. He later switched to the attorney general race and Democrats consider him a viable candidate for governor.
Gelber’s campaign stands behind the ad. They cite her promise to side with the Chamber on card check as back-up for the ad.