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Florida Nurses Association Endorses Gelber for Attorney General
Sep 25, 2010
Republican Senator Villalobos Endorses Gelber for Attorney General
Sep 24, 2010
Florida Professional Firefighters Endorse Gelber for Attorney General
Sep 21, 2010
Florida Alliance for Retired Americans Endorses Gelber for Attorney General
Sep 20, 2010
Florida PBA Endorses Gelber for Attorney General
Sep 10, 2010
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Thanks Doesn't Seem Sufficient
Nov 4, 2010
ICYMI: Karl Rove's RSLC Attempts to Hijack Elections from Voters
Oct 26, 2010
Release: New Ad Highlights Consensus from Florida Newspapers: Gelber is Clearly Better Qualified
Oct 25, 2010
Release: Bondi Turns to National Special Interests to Fuel Her Campaign
Oct 25, 2010
Statement: Gelber Comments on Sentencing of Sarasota Ponzi Schemer Arthur Nadel
Oct 22, 2010
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Legislature's redistricting handiwork destined for courts
Jan 16, 2012
Bill Nelson's Survival Strategy
Jan 11, 2012
Dan Gelber on exceptionalism and the old Marco Rubio
Sep 6, 2011
Who will take on Rick Scott? Charlie Crist? Alex Sink? Jeremy Ring? Rod Smith? Dan Gelber?
Jun 14, 2011
Gelber pining for Jeb Bush
May 31, 2011
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Lakeland Ledger: The Ledger Recommends - Attorney General: Dan Gelber
Oct 26, 2010
The Lakeland Ledger
Florida's attorney general isn't a prosecutor, but the Republican and Democratic candidates for the job both tout their prosecutorial experience as a major qualification. Prosecutorial experience isn't to be sneezed at, but it's also not a job prerequisite.
The main way the Attorney General's Office gets involved in criminal cases is by representing the state on criminal appeals and in civil cases.
Florida's current attorney general, Bill McCollum, recently filed a federal lawsuit aimed at invalidating the new health care law passed by Congress and signed by President Barack Obama.
The two candidates to succeed McCollum (who left to run for governor) are Republican Pam Bondi of Tampa and Democrat Dan Gelber of Miami Beach. They take starkly opposing views on the health care lawsuit. Bondi says she would continue to pursue it, while Gelber wants to dismiss it. We agree with Gelber that it is a waste of the state's limited resources.
In terms of experience, Gelber's is much broader than his opponent's. Gelber was a federal prosecutor in South Florida for nearly 10 years, was chief counsel and staff director to the Senate Permanent Committee on Investigations, under Sam Nunn of Georgia, and has spent 10 years in the Florida Legislature. Widely respected by members of both parties, he served as state House minority leader and is a state senator.
Bondi has been an assistant state attorney in Hillsborough County for the bulk of her career, prosecuting some cases but serving primarily as spokeswoman for the office for the past several years. She also is listed as a Fox News analyst for the cable network. This is her first try for elective office. Oddly, she has avoided unscripted television interviews and all but one joint TV appearance with Gelber.
The Ledger recommends Dan Gelber, Attorney General.