TAMPA, Fla. — Today marks the fourth week of “nine weeks and nine distinct differences,” a weekly comparison highlighting significant differences between Pam Bondi, Republican candidate for Attorney General, and her Democratic opponent. Week #4 highlights the difference in crime-fighting experience between Bondi, a nearly two-decade career prosecutor who has personally handled many gang-related cases, including the prosecution of first-degree gang-related murder; and her opponent, a one-time prosecutor, turned criminal defense attorney and long-time politician.
“As a prosecutor, I handled many cases of gang-related violence and crime, and I know firsthand that gangs are a very real and growing danger in our state,” said Bondi. “As attorney general, I will do everything in my power to fight crime and keep Floridians safe. Locking up dangerous gang criminals is a personal and top priority of mine.”
During her career as a prosecutor, Bondi has fought against dangerous criminals and has two prisoners currently on death row. She has also argued numerous times before the Parole Commission to keep serial killers and rapists behind bars.
According to current Attorney General Bill McCollum’s Gang Reduction Strategy Report and the Florida Department of Corrections, Florida’s gang problem is the 4th worse in the nation and all together, convicted gang members cost Florida’s taxpayers more than $132 million a year. As attorney general, Bondi has pledged to use her experience as a career prosecutor to help go after gangs by expanding on current efforts to increase gang awareness education and by expanding existing regional task forces, such as Hillsborough’s successful anti-gang unit, Multi Agency Gang Task Force (MAGTF), to a statewide level to improve and share communication and intelligence information and resources of multiple state and federal law enforcement agencies.
“In addition to investigating and prosecuting gang criminals, I have personally gone into schools to speak to thousands of kids about the dangers of drunk driving, drugs, gangs, and the importance of staying in school,” said Bondi. “Education is a key component to prevention, and it terrifies me that although I used to get asked to give these lectures to high-school students, I now know that if we don’t start in middle school, it is already too late for many of these kids.”
In stark contrast to Bondi’s career of more than 18 years of service as a prosecutor, her Democratic opponent switched sides from his early service as a prosecutor to work as a criminal defense attorney and a long-time politician.
Week #1 highlighted Bondi’s commitment to stand up against the federal health care law and her opponent’s position to immediately dismiss the lawsuit questioning the constitutionality of the law. Week #2 showed the clear difference in backgrounds between Bondi, a career prosecutor and first time political candidate and her opponent, a one-time prosecutor turned criminal defense attorney turned long-time politician. Week #3 outlined Bondi’s commitment as a fiscal conservative who supports low taxes, limited government and job creating measures, compared to her opponent who has a long political record of voting against tax relief and job-creating measures.
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About Pam Bondi for Attorney General
In December, Pam Bondi stepped down from an 18-year career as a prosecutor in the State Attorney’s office to run for Attorney General. She won the Republican nomination in August after a competitive primary contest with two other candidates. She is a fourth-generation Floridian and is committed to being an advocate for the small businesses and working families of Florida. Bondi is endorsed by the National Rifle Association. She has been endorsed by the Susan B. Anthony List Fund, which supports pro-life candidates; by Speaker of the Florida House Larry Cretul, former Governor Bob Martinez, and former Attorney General Jim Smith; by the Florida Chamber of Commerce, the Florida Realtors, Associated Builders and Contractors of Florida, the Associated Industries of Florida PAC, the Florida Fraternal Order of Police, the Florida Retail Federation, and the Florida Home Builders Association; and by numerous other conservative grassroots leaders and elected officials.
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