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Holly Benson, Pam Bondi, Jeff Kottkamp launching mail pieces



UPDATE: We just got a copy of Holly Benson's mailer. It also notes that she has an A+ rating from the NRA and that she voted for Jeb Bush's comprehensive tort reform package. Benson, the former state health care secretary, uses much of the piece to explain her support for current Attorney General Bill MCollum's lawsuit against the federal health care law.

Republican super-voters across Florida are being treated to new direct-mail pitches from the three GOP candidates for attorney general: Benson, Pam Bondi and Jeff Kottkamp. In this highly competitive down-ballot contest, all three contenders are forced to manage their money carefully and target conservatives who are likely to vote. 

Bondi's initial mailer features the candidate in an earnest-looking head shot pose with the phrases: "Tough prosecutor. Proven conservative. Unafraid to lead." Inside, a comparison chart labels Kottkamp a "personal injury/plaintiff's lawyer/career politician" and notes that Benson "never prosecuted a case." 

Kottkamp's two mailers, paid for not by his campaign but by a political fund, the Committee to Protect Florida, target social conservatives and Second Amendment advocates. One mailer emphasizes the candidate's faith, and the other shows him twice with Marion Hammer, the longtime NRA lobbyist. 

Other politicians connected to the Committee to Protect Florida are Reps. Jimmy Patronis, Pat Patterson, Dave Murzin and Clay Ford. The fund's donors include the sugar industry, firefighters, police, bankers and AshBritt, the nationwide trash-removal firm. Bob Stork of Vero Beach gave the fund $100,000.


[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 10:47am]


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