Elections 2010: Attorney General: Gelber ready

Aug 5, 2010

Naples Daily News Editorial Board

Naples Daily News


Voters get to pick the nominees for one of the three Florida Cabinet posts on Aug. 24, for which early voting starts Monday.

The other two — commissioner of agriculture and chief financial officer — have only one candidate in each party so no primary is required. Not so for attorney general.
Our recommendations:

Democrat: Dan Gelber of Miami Beach

While our editorial board thinks highly of Gelber’s opponent, Dave Aronberg, and has enthusiastically endorsed his Florida Senate campaigns and legislation in the past, the question in this race comes down to heft: Which of the two would we want as our state’s top law-enforcement officer?

Gelber’s experience as a federal prosecutor gets the nod. For nearly a decade starting in the mid-1980s, he handled marquee public-corruption, civil-rights and narcotics prosecutions. He went on to work for the U.S. Senate on counterterrorism and domestic security, and fraud and waste in government.

Add terms in the Florida House and Senate and you have a resume that overpowers Aronberg’s few years as a federal prosecutor and seven years in the state Senate.

We hope Aronberg stays connected to politics and public service.

Who can vote? All 46,000 Democrats in Collier and 108,000 Democrats in Lee.

What happens next? The winner of each primary advances to the Nov. 2 general election to face an independent candidate.




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