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AG hopeful Pam Bondi scores Sarah Palin's support



67654_00043e With six days to go until Florida Republicans pick a nominee for attorney general, former Hillsborough prosecutor Pam Bondi scored a significant endorsement Wednesday from Sarah Palin.

(The picture shows the two women together in May at a Susan B. Anthony event in Washington.)

On her Facebook page, Palin, the former Alaska governor and 2008 GOP nominee for vice president, announced she was supporting a series of women candidates in conjunction with the 90th anniversary of the 19th Amendment that gave women the right to vote. Palin described Bondi (and AG candidate Brenna Findley in Iowa) as "bold, sharp, selfless women ... who won’t kowtow to the Obama administration’s big government overreach into our states."

Bondi faces Lt. Gov. Jeff Kottkamp and former state representative and agency head Holly Benson next Tuesday. Palin is a prospective 2012 Republican presidential candidate who's interested in expanding her nationwide network of influential supporters.

Here's what Camp Kottkamp says about Palin backing Bondi: "It's a good endorsement. Sarah Palin is a good conservative Republican," spokesman David Bishop said. "But she obviously doesn't know Pam Bondi very well -- a former Democrat who doesn't vote, sides with unions against a secret ballot and waffles on important social issues."  Benson said she would have no immediate comment on the Palin endorsement.


[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 10:21am]


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