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Bondi highlights differences with Dem opponent Gelber in ‘Night and Day’ ad

by Dara Kam | October 6th, 2010

GOP attorney general candidate Pam Bondi and her Democrat opponent Dan Gelber both spent years as prosecutors, but they’re as different as night and day, the name of her new television ad.

Bondi, a political newcomer who spent two decades as a Tampa prosecutor, contrasts her positions on taxes and federal health care reforms in the new ad, running in select markets.

Bondi’s ad was created by GOP consultant Adam Goodman’s company, The Victory Group, and debuted in the West Palm Beach media market.

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3 Responses to “Bondi highlights differences with Dem opponent Gelber in ‘Night and Day’ ad”

  1. Marc Cooper Says:

    There does exist a night and day difference between the two candidates. read below how one news organization draws the distinctions and endorses Dan Gelber.

    Vote for Dan Gelber, Vote for Florida!

    Oct 4, 2010

    Sarasota Herald-Tribune

    Experience and leadership make him clearly the better choice

    In evaluating the candidates for Florida attorney general, we’ll report; you decide.

    Candidate No. 1 was an assistant state attorney for 18 years in the state’s 13th Judicial Circuit, based in Tampa, before resigning to enter this race. She prosecuted major criminal cases and eventually rose to the level of felony bureau chief. She is good on camera and has appeared frequently on Fox News and MSNBC as a legal commentator.

    Candidate No. 2 became an assistant U.S. attorney at age 25. After a decade of prosecuting public corruption and civil rights cases, among others, he was named by then- U.S. Sen. Sam Nunn as chief counsel and staff director of the Senate’s Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations. In that role, he led investigations into terrorism and weapons of mass destruction in the United States and overseas. He is now a state senator from the Miami area, after previously serving eight years in the Florida House of Representatives.

    Now, by any fair analysis of the qualifications to be Florida’s chief legal officer, Candidate No. 2 should get the job. Candidate No. 1′s record may be worthy of a run for state attorney, but attorney general would seem a stretch.

    But this is politics, whereby qualifications sometimes take a back seat to rhetoric and superficiality. We hope, in this case, that doesn’t happen. This race is too important.

    Bondi’s limited experience

    Candidate No. 1, of course, is Pam Bondi, the Republican running for attorney general. Candidate No. 2 is Dan Gelber, her Democratic opponent.

    Bondi has stressed her two decades of experience as a criminal prosecutor but, for the position she’s seeking, that background has its limits.

    The attorney general’s primary duty is to run a large and diverse office. Among the office’s chief responsibilities is to combat consumer fraud in various areas, including health care, financial activities and mortgage lending. The Office of Statewide Prosecution, which is part of the attorney general’s department, handles all criminal cases.

    Bondi also sees her lack of political experience as a plus, identifying herself in political ads as an “outsider.” But knowledge of the workings of state government and broad experience in politics are important, if not essential, for the attorney general. In combating fraud, the attorney general must frequently work with other state agencies, the Legislature and local officials. Also, as a member of the state Cabinet, the attorney general helps make critical policy on such diverse subjects as education, the environment and growth management.

    Bondi doesn’t have all of that experience. Gelber does.

    Gelber has helped manage an office of public attorneys and investigators as an assistant U.S. attorney and as chief counsel of the U.S. Senate subcommittee. He has prosecuted economic criminals and in the 1990s investigated the then-emerging threat of identity theft. As a state senator and former representative, he is already well versed on the issues that would come before him as the attorney general and a Cabinet member.

    Stressing the wrong issues

    Bondi is lacking in these qualifications, so she has resorted to trumpeting her conservative credentials on hot-button political issues that have little or nothing to do with the office she’s seeking.

    She stresses that she is pro-life and pro-gun rights. She says she would support an Arizona-type immigration law, even though Florida does not have an Arizona-type immigration problem.

    Bondi also makes it clear that she plans to pursue the current attorney general’s lawsuit against the new federal health-care law — a suit that is both a politicized and an irresponsible waste of state resources.

    With one of every five Floridians lacking health insurance and the state ranked 49th in the nation in the percentage of uninsured children, surely the attorney general would have more important things to do.

    Gelber thinks so. If elected, he intends to focus on consumer protection — paying special attention to health care fraud, mortgage fraud and improving coordination with other state agencies, local law enforcement and state attorneys.

    He also vows to pursue Floridians’ claims stemming from the BP oil spill — a concern that Bondi’s website does not even mention as among her “issues.”

    Because of the political heat of his election season, the race for attorney general likely will be a close one. It shouldn’t be. Gelber’s extensive experience and leadership roles as a prosecutor and legislator make him clearly better qualified.

    We recommend Dan Gelber for attorney general of Florida.

  2. Sequitur Says:

    The difference couldn’t be clearer…Dan Gelber is an experienced, tough-minded family man who will do what’s right for ALL Floridians. Bondi is hyperpartisan, uninformed and not prepared for the job. There’s a big difference between a state prosecutor in one county (Bondi) and a Federal prosecutor in a southern U.S. region (Gelber).

  3. Unreal Says:

    Marc Cooper. Not that i am voting for Bondi but are you pushing experience as the reason Gelber should have the job? Need i remind you that our President was one of the most inexperienced people put up for the job? I am willing to bet as a party shill you votes for Obama.
    Where was your experience argument then?
    So Mr. Gelber has experience being a politician. We are finally getting rid of a weak AG who was a politician. We don’t need a politician as our AG. I think your argument is reaching and sounds a little desperate.

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