As the chief representative of the state in lawsuits Attorney General Pam Bondi won’t take a position on the controversial merit retention campaigns of three state Supreme Court justices, reports the News Service of Florida.
“I’m not taking a position,” Bondi told reporters Tuesday. “I have several cases before the Supreme Court.” Justices Barbara Pariente, Peggy Quince and R. Fred Lewis are facing merit retention votes next month amid a concerted campaign by conservatives to remove them from the bench.
The Republican Party of Florida has voted to publicly support the removal of the justices through the merit retention vote. Opponents have cited a number of cases in which they disagreed with the votes of the justices as their reason for opposing them, but haven’t highlighted one particular case.