Miami Herald endorses Pam Bondi in GOP AG race

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Today, the Pam Bondi campaign announced the endorsement of the Miami Herald, the second editorial board endorsement this week for the former prosecutor. On Sunday, the Tampa Tribune endorsed Bondi.

Bondi interviewed with the Herald’s editorial board yesterday, the final of their 215 interviews conducted this political cycle. The endorsement outlines Bondi’s agenda, including her commitment to continue the current Attorney General’s lawsuit against the federal government challenging Florida’s participation in healthcare legislation passed by President Obama and Speaker Pelosi. The Herald emphasized Bondi’s experience and her clear priorities on fighting gangs and Medicaid fraud.

“Everywhere we travel in the state, we are receiving extremely positive reinforcement of our vision for Florida,” said candidate Pam Bondi. “We deserve a free and safe environment for our families to grow and our businesses to flourish. I am committed to making every effort possible as Attorney General to advance that agenda.”

Excerpts from the article:

[Her opponents] well understand the issues facing Florida, but Ms. Bondi’s career as a longtime prosecutor gives her the edge in this race. Her priorities include the healthcare lawsuit, public safety—she would expand the state’s gang task force—and putting more resources into prosecuting Medicaid fraud, a major problem in this community.

On the oil spill crisis, she wants to make sure that the money set aside by the federal government to compensate victims—from funds provided by BP—goes to companies and individuals, especially fishermen, rather than to other government entities.

For attorney general, Republican primary, The Miami Herald recommends Pam Bondi.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.