Former Hillsborough Circuit Judge Ashley Moody, who filed in the Republican Primary for Attorney General this month, also launched a political committee this month.
The name: “Friends of Ashley Moody.”
Moody has certain tailwinds behind her, including backing by current Attorney General Pam Bondi, who basically endorsed Moody even before she entered the race.
Moody has one opponent on the GOP side thus far: Jacksonville state Rep. Jay Fant.
Fant has $79,575 in his campaign account; of that sum, $8,000 came from Fant, and $3,000 came from his political committee, “Pledge This Day,” which raised $9,000 in May.
Contributions mostly came fromnNortheast Florida. However, a very important northeast Florida Republican won’t do anything to help him: Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry.
We asked an advisor to Curry if the mayor was going to overlook criticisms Fant made of him at a local Republican Party meeting and help Fant out. The answer was short and brutal.
“Not a chance.”
Without Curry’s blessing, it’s going to be difficult for Fant to compete with the resources that will be at Moody’s disposal.