George Sheldon accepts Pam Bondi debate challenge, then raises her

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George Sheldon’s overwhelming win Tuesday night gave the former Obama official a chance to take on Pam Bondi for Attorney General in November.

“Help me give Pam Bondi the job she really wants, as an anchor on Fox News,” the Democrat said in his victory speech.

Almost immediately, Bondi challenged Sheldon, a past Secretary of the Florida Department of Children and Families, to a debate.

On Friday, Sheldon sent Bondi a response in a letter agreeing to a series of debates over the next 60 days. In it, he touched upon several issues he believes are a priority for the Attorney General’s office, such as protection of state lands and support of public employees.

The text of Sheldon’s letter:

Dear General Bondi:

I appreciate your willingness to debate the issues facing Florida, and I believe we should agree to a series of five debates over the next two months.

We have so many important issues in this election, and one debate cannot possibly do them justice.

Voters should be well informed about both candidates’ commitment to consumer protection, fighting Medicaid fraud, punishing human traffickers and helping their victims recover, concerted action against pill mills, the role of the attorney general’s office in promoting equal rights and equal justice under the law and in making sure that utility rates do not reward utilities for bad management decisions.

There are also the issues related to the Attorney General’s role as a member of the Cabinet, including the protection of public lands, the integrity of the state pension fund and the state’s commitment to the public employees who rely on the pensions they have earned,

The choice of an attorney general every four years deserves more than one debate, and I hope we can share these public platforms to help the voters better understand the vision and plans each of us would bring to the Office of Attorney General.


George Sheldon

Although Sheldon freely admits he is the underdog in the race, he does have several advantages, including Pam Bondi’s strong dislike by advocates of same-sex marriage and those supporting Amendment 2, the measure to legalize medical marijuana.

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