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Is John Stemberger's attack on Pam Bondi good or bad for Jeff Kottamp

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Social conservative John Stemberger is endorsing LG. Jeff Kottkamp in the Republican Attorney General's race and he wants everyone to know it in a recent endorsement letter. Stemberger also takes Republican prosecutor Pam Bondi to task (sounds like shes the frontrunner) by noting "personally, she has no children and lives with her 60 year old eye doctor boyfriend."

Yikes.

Stemberger frequently criticizes gay people for their relationships, but singling out a single woman like that is taking on a far broader spectrum of society. It's playing with campaign dynamite: It could blow up on Bondi, or on Stemberger or Kottkamp, who was at pains to explain in a recent debate why his campaign leaked an unflattering email from a Bondi ex.

In a brief text message exchange, Stemberger disputes the notion that he's talking about Bondi's sex life. "Never said anything about sex," he wrote. True. He didn't use the "s" word. But he only talked about the man she was living with and the matter of children, the product of sex. He didn't mention any non-sex related private matters (pets, house size, favorite book, etc.)

"Marital status, children, living arrangements are all matters that tell us something about a person and their life experience. And therefore are relevant," he wrote in a message.

Here's the whole piece:

Why I am supporting Jeff Kottkamp and Not Pam Bondi for Florida Attorney General:
By John Stemberger

The Attorney General’s race is very important. Most of the political oxygen in Florida is being consumed by the historical U.S. Senate race and the Florida Governor’s race. But there is one other really important statewide race that I am asking Floridians to please consider carefully, and that is for Florida’s next Attorney General (AG). This position is important because the AG makes a number of very important decisions as the state’s top law enforcement officer including prosecution of the gay adoption ban legal appeal that is likely to be decided any month now, which may end up needing to be defended before the Florida Supreme Court.

Jeff Kottkamp is the real Social Conservative in the race and that is why I endorsed him. There are three Republican candidates: Holly Benson, Pam Bondi and Jeff Kottkamp. I have endorsed Jeff Kottkamp because he is clearly the best conservative for the job and he is the strongest supporter of life, marriage and family issues. Jeff Kottkamp was endorsed by Florida Right to Life and was not just a good vote in the legislature, but was a leader on pro-life issues. Holly Benson is a very nice lady, is moderately conservative and would serve honorably as AG. However I am growing increasingly concerned about Pam Bondi and want to explain why she needs to be stopped.

All of the AG candidates reached out to the major social conservative leaders in Florida-- Except for Pam Bondi. Starting early last year, both Jeff Kottkamp and Holly Benson called me several times asking for their support. They e-mailed me several times. They physically came to my office to talk with me and reached out to me for support. Both Jeff and Holly also attended the FFPC annual dinner with Marco Rubio and Fred Barnes. Bondi on the other hand, has very strangely not reached out to me or any other major pro family leaders in the state knowing full well she was in a three way Republican primary. Even after I personally reached out to Bondi by e-mailing her campaign manager, my good friend Brett Doster, I was told there were other things more important she was working on and she would get with me later.… Weeks went by. No calls. No e-mails. No visit.

As the campaign has progressed, Bondi has clearly emerged as the RINO moderate in the AG’s primary election. Bondi is technically a registered Republican, but has been a Democrat most of her life switching parties in 2000. She did not even bother to vote in the elections of 1984, 1986, 1988, 1990, 1992, 2002 & 2008. This shows her commitment to citizenship. Personally, she has no children and lives with her 60
year old eye doctor boyfriend. She refuses to take a position on the gay adoption ban. Like Rudy Guiliani and Charlie Crist she will claim to be tough on crime (Remember Chain Gang Charlie?) BUT will end up liberal on moral and social issues. The Attorney General is a prime statewide office to run for Governor or U.S. Senate someday. And we do not need another liberal, Charlie Crist Republican In Name Only (RINO) in this or any other office in Florida.

Didn’t Bondi get endorsed by some Washington, D.C. pro-life group? Bondi’s campaign manager apparently managed to secure her an endorsement from a woman’s pro-life group called Susan B. Anthony based out of
Washington, D.C.. But SBA never talked to any pro- life leaders here in Florida before doing so, and they have unfortunately developed a reputation for favoring women who claim to be pro-life even if there is a better pro-life male candidate in the race with a clear voting record. I called the Susan B. Anthony Society, identified myself, and asked about the reason for their endorsement months ago. I never received a return phone call or any explanation.

BOTTOM LINE: WE DO NOT NEED ANOTHER CHARLIE CRIST, RUDY GIULIANI or ARNOLD SCHWARZNEGGER REPUBLICAN IN FLORIDA.

I can’t tell you how many people have apologized to me for voting for Charlie Crist after I predicted years ago that he would be become liberal and was just putting on a fake conservative show to win the primary. Well I predict this is exactly what we will get with Pam Bondi. If Bondi is not willing to reach out to the major social conservative leaders in a three way primary race, then do you really think she is not going to give us the time of day if she became attorney general? Jeff Kottkamp is no Charlie Crist. He is a strong social conservative with a strong voting record on life, family and marriage issues. I encourage you to strongly support Jeff Kottkamp for Florida’s next Attorney General.


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