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Prosecutor Pam Bondi leaves the courthouse and takes a hard right

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The St. Petersburg Times is running a pretty tough article about Pam Bondi in Saturday’s edition.

This is not the Bondi who put away murderers, or the woman who made headlines with her personal legal fight over a Hurricane Katrina rescue dog.

The Tampa native surprised friends, colleagues and even herself in December by declaring that she wanted to be Florida’s next attorney general. She quit her $107,000-a-year job as a senior litigator and spokeswoman for the Hillsborough State Attorney’s Office to enter the combat sport of politics.

Once she jumped in, the evolution from prosecutor to politician moved so fast and with such ideological fervor that it jolted those who knew her.

“I expected to see a more moderate candidate,” said La Gaceta publisher Patrick Manteiga, echoing a common sentiment around town.

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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.

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