Pam Bondi's stock with new Trump administration 'unlimited'
When Donald Trump arrived in the ballroom of the New York Hilton Midtown early Wednesday, two prominent Floridians were in the room: Attorney General Pam Bondi and lobbyist Brian Ballard, Trump's Florida finance chairman.
Both are expected to play important roles as Trump begins the transition from candidate to president and begins to fill thousands of high-level jobs in the new administration.
Ballard, a Trump adviser, and Trump's senior Florida strategist, Susie Wiles, who was in Orlando on election night, separately said Trump and Bondi are personally close and that it would beno surprise if she's offered a high-level post in Washington with two years left in her term as A.G.
"I would imagine her opportunities are unlimited," Ballard said of Bondi.
"There's nobody closer to Trump in Florida than Pam Bondi," Ballard said Wednesday. "He appreciates everything she did for him." Bondi endured weeks of scathing public and press criticism over her acceptance of a $25,000 campaign donation from a Trump foundation in 2013, but she soon returned to the campaign trail.
In conversations with Trump's Florida inner circle Wednesday, others mentioned included retiring U.S. Rep. Jeff Miller, R-Pensacola; his successor, U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fort Walton Beach; state Rep.-elect Joe Gruters, R-Sarasota; and Rep. Carlos Trujillo, R-Miami.