A “hometown campaign kickoff” at a waterfront home in Tampa for Attorney General Pam Bondi is scheduled for the same night that Gov. Rick Scott had once set as the execution date for Death Row inmate Marshall Lee Gore. The execution was moved to a later date at Bondi’s request.
A spokeswoman for Bondi said Friday that the Sept. 10 fundraiser had been planned before the execution date was set. Scott had scheduled two earlier execution dates for Gore this summer, but both were scuttled because of legal battles about Gore’s sanity. Gore was convicted of killing two women in 1988 in Miami-Dade and Columbia counties.
The Tuesday night reception for Bondi at 5224 West Neptune Way in Tampa is set for 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. On Aug. 13, Scott had scheduled Gore’s execution for the same night. But on Aug. 19, Scott advised Florida State Prison Warden John Palmer that he was moving the execution from 6 p.m. Sept. 10 to 6 p.m. Oct. 1 “at the request of the Attorney General.” On Aug. 20, Molly McFarland, the deputy press secretary for the Attorney General’s office, said the Sept. 10 date conflicted with a previously-scheduled event, without noting the event.
“In light of the seriousness of any execution, it was very important to Attorney General Bondi that she be available personally to carry out her office’s duties in the execution process,” McFarland said in an email. On Friday, Jennifer Meale, a spokeswoman for Bondi, reiterated that the fundraiser was on the calendar before Gore’s execution had been planned for the same night.
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