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Pam Bondi hits Dan Gelber on "Scarlet Letter" law



From Steve Bousquet's report on today's debate between attorney general candidates Pam Bondi and Dan Gelber: ...The biggest surprise Saturday came when Bondi criticized Gelber for voting in 2001 for the so-called "Scarlet Letter" law, which required women placing children for adoption to identify their sex partners if they could not identify the infant's father.

"You say you stand by your record? This record?" Bondi asked Gelber.

The law was supported by Republicans and Democrats and was rescinded, but it was an issue in the 2006 attorney general's race when Republican Bill McCollum defeated Democrat Walter "Skip" Campbell, who sponsored the Scarlet Letter law as a state senator. Gov. Jeb Bush signed a repeal into law in 2003.

Gelber noted that Marco Rubio, the Republican nominee for governor, and Jeff Atwater, the Republican nominee for chief financial officer, also voted for the bill. He called Bondi's raising the issue "sort of a cheap shot ... We immediately rescinded it."

[Last modified: Saturday, October 16, 2010 6:32pm]


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