Bondi scooping up DC cash from Tim Kaine loserby 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.