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Bondi scooping up DC cash from Tim Kaine loser

by Dara Kam | October 25th, 2010

With barely more than a week until Election Day, GOP attorney general candidate Pam Bondi took time out from campaigning in the Sunshine State for quick trip to Washington DC to rake in some dough for ad time.

Bondi flew into DC briefly for a fundraiser hosted by former Virginia attorney general Jerry Kilgore, Bondi spokeswoman Sandi Copes said in an e-mail.

Bondi surely hopes she fares better than Kilgore did in his last election.

The Republican resigned as Virginia’s attorney general in 2005 to run for governor of the then-red state.

But Kilgore lost to Democrat Tim Kaine, now the chairman of the Democratic National Committee.

The Gelber camp blasted Bondi, who’s never run for office before, for the fundraising trip, setting off a typical finger-pointing volley in the contentious race to succeed Attorney General Bill McCollum.

Bondi’s garnered nearly $1 million from the Republican State Leadership Committee, “a group funded by national corporate special interests,” Gelber’s campaign manager Christian Ulvert said in an e-mail.

“In the final days of a campaign, you would think Pam Bondi would focus her attention on Florida, but according to her political calculations she can get more bang for her buck by continuing to sell her campaign to the highest bidder in Washington at the expense of Floridians,” Ulvert went on. “Ms. Bondi should spend less time making deals with D.C lobbyists and more time talking to Florida voters. Maybe then she’d have a little more to say about the real security challenges facing our state, rather than focusing on Washington issues that have nothing to do with the Attorney General’s office.”

Not to be outdone, Bondi campaign spokeswoman Sandi Copes issued the following response.

“Raising money to get your message out is important, and it becomes even more important to have resources to defend oneself when your opponent starts misrepresenting the truth about your record and your positions on the issues. We wish Mr. Gelber would spend more time discussing how to deal with gangs, Florida’s record unemployment, the foreclosure crisis in our state and the federal health care challenge rather than personally and untruthfully attacking Pam. It is exactly what he said he would not do,” Copes said.

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8 Responses to “Bondi scooping up DC cash from Tim Kaine loser”

  1. Floridians for Ethics and Truth Says:

    Find out what career politician Dan Gelber doesn’t want Floridians to know:

  2. mike Says:

    ok, i see where an ag can help with aspects of the foreclosure crisis. and gangs are important, just not top priority. but what does an ag have to do with fixing unemployment? and obamacare passed already, get over it. these are the subjects bondi wants discussed? personally, i believe gelber’s platform will help more floridians.

    why didn’t bondi just refute gelber’s claims by prooving where the dc money came from? by responding with this political sleight of hand spin, not only does it now look like she is taking special interest money, but also hiding the fact.

  3. Dumb Blondi Bimbo Says:

    Floridians for Ethics and Truth is Mike Hanna. He is Mr. Special Interest.

  4. marc cooper Says:

    The real pam Bondi is a coward, scarred to debate her opponent, hiding behind a twenty-something PR person. She is a liar, a coward, is profitting off of the ignorance of the voters.

    Go to to see what I mean.

    She is a predator, preying on the stupidity of the tea Party express.

    Vote for gelber, at least he is willing to debate the points at issue.

  5. Unreal Says:

    Hey Marc,
    Already voted for Dan FYI. Hope he really goes after the corruption in government and that includes both sides of the aisle.

    Bondi is an idiot and while I am sure Sandy doesn’t write the stuff she says, someone needs to think.
    You want to spend money to get the message out, but having a statewide televised debate isn’t a good way to do that? And cheaply?

    Bondi is pathetic. This life long conservative voted for the democrat who is tough on crime.

    Dan needs to continue the unconstitutional healthcare fight as well as a federal judge has determined we have a case.

  6. Unreal Says:

    And Marc,

    Not all people who are fed up with corruption, negligent behavior, and identify with the tea party are drooling mindless lapdogs. You will find many independents in that crowd who see the failings of party politics.

  7. marc cooper Says:

    “The stupidity of the Tea Party Express” is that in their anger, the members accept as gospel that the attorney general can bring jobs to Florida, fix the economy and right the course of Florida all before the sixth day. Pam Bondi could be running for chief sanitation inspector and get elected by selling these dreams.

    On youtube, look at “pam bondi.” Watch a couple of different speaches. She says the exact same lines in each one of the Tea Party events. She is shouting exactly what they want to hear. The issue is that the Tea Party members do not understand that she cannot do much for their anger. She is really running for the wrong position. She is placating their pain but cannot fix what they are complaining about.

    She is a predator. She is preying on their ignorance, their immediate economic needs, their hopes and aspirtions. These people are hurting and she is feeding them the lines they want to hear. She is a fraud.

    Let me say one thing also, the pain people are feeling is the result of a real economic shift in the world. Americans who could get by before with a high school degree and some trade school and have a decent standard of living are coming to grips with the reality that our place in the world as an economic power is decreasing. We are inefficient producers of many products, the world economic powers are moving eastward, to China and India, ignorant Americans can no longer hide in the American economy. This is where the Tea Party pain comes from, no more using your home equity as a piggy bank, no more cheap credit, no more living beyond your means. Pam Bondi cannot change this, no one can change this. We are falling behind in the world, we are no longer the engineers of the world, the technicians, we are a fatty, arrogant country, we cannot even pick the right political leaders. We deserve what we are receiving.

    Pam Bondi is going to win, the ignorant class controls our democracy. But the prize that the Tea Party will capture is a declining country, fatter and corrupted beyond repair.

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