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Carlton: Despite ethical questions about that check, expect Bondi to stump for Trump



From Tampa Bay Times metro columnist Sue Carlton:

The bombshell accusation that Attorney General Pam Bondi personally asked for a campaign contribution from Donald Trump around the time her office was reviewing citizen complaints against Trump U - plus the serendipitous timing of Trump's campaign stop here Saturday in Bondi's hometown - put me in mind of a moment from Gone with the Wind.

Stick with me on this a minute.

This week came news that before her 2014 re-election, Bondi personally solicited a contribution from Trump, today the bombastic uberstar Republican whom Bondi is enthusiastically endorsing for president.

Swiftly following that revelation were complaints to state ethics and elections officials and the Florida Bar, accusing Bondi of everything from misusing her public position to dishonesty and fraud.

Bondi has called the news reports on this "misleading" and the complaints against her "without merit."

Interesting that she referred to questions raised about the timing of this particular campaign contribution "attacks" - and not, say, a misinterpretation that she can easily and quickly clear up with a transparent airing of all the facts and the timing.

But hey, calling a situation that would raise the eyebrows of any reasonable person an "attack" kind of turns things around in your favor, doesn't it? It's downright Trumpian.

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[Last modified: Friday, June 10, 2016 5:52pm]


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