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Pam Bondi ad paints Dan Gelber as anti-women



Ouch. Republican attorney general candidate Pam Bondi has a scorching new ad out targetting Dan Gelber for the "Scarlet Letter" adoption law that helped sink Skip Campbell's attorney general campaign four years ago.

The Dan Gelber campaign sent this response: HB 141, the bill in question, was sponsored by then-State Representative Evelyn Lynn who is now a State Senator. The bill overwhelmingly passed both chambers of the Florida Legislature in 2001 by a vote of 104-8 in the House and 30-8 in the Senate. The bill was endorsed and supported by the Family Law Section of the Florida Bar and the Florida Catholic Conference. The provision of the bill that created the unintended consequences was repealed in 2003 with Gelber’s help.
“The bill that Pam Bondi is using to distort Dan’s record fixed many of the problems with the adoption process in Florida, and although it had some unintended consequences, we took action to fix the law,” said West Palm Beach Mayor and former State Representative Lois Frankel. “Dan helped repeal the unintended consequences of the bill, and for Pam Bondi to attack Dan’s character is unfair and misleading.”
“This bipartisan bill was supported by the majority of women in the Florida legislature and passed overwhelmingly with support from both sides of the aisle,” added former Republican State Senator Nancy Argenziano. “Dan has always stood up for women and Florida families, and we need him as our next Attorney General. What we don’t need is someone like Pam Bondi who will continue the political games and false attacks that have become par for the course in Tallahassee.”


[Last modified: Wednesday, October 27, 2010 3:55pm]


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