Scott says he didn’t know Bondi fund-raiser clashed with Gore executionby John Kennedy | September 9th, 2013
Gov. Rick Scott said Monday that he agreed to move a scheduled execution this week at the request of Attorney General Pam Bondi, concerned that it would clash with a scheduled campaign kick-off fund-raiser she planned in Tampa.
Marshall Lee Gore, convicted of killing two women in Miami 25 years ago, was scheduled to die Tuesday. But Scott last month ordered the execution date changed to Oct. 1 “at the request of the attorney general.”
Bondi’s office has defended the move, saying she had the fund-raiser planned for weeks at a Tampa waterfront home. The event is expected to draw many of the state’s legislative leaders, along with campaign donors.
“Her office contacted my office and asked for postponing,” Scott said Monday, although he said he was unaware it was because of the fund-raiser.
Asked if he thought it was a proper call, Scott added, “We set the date. The attorney general’s office asked for the postponement, so we went along with that….When another Cabinet member asks for something, we try to comply with that.”
UPDATE: Bondi late Monday issued a statement, saying she regretted pushing for the rescheduling, although the Oct. 1 date now appears set.
“As a prosecutor, there was nothing more important than seeing justice done, especially when it came to the unconscionable act of murder,” Bondi said. “I personally put two people on death row and, as attorney general, have already participated in eight executions since I took office, a role I take very seriously.”
“The planned execution of Marshall Lee Gore had already been stayed twice by the courts, and we should not have requested that the date of the execution be moved,” Bondi added.