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Pam Bondi's Democratic roots



Pam Bondi is running for attorney general as a conservative Republican, but for much of her adult life she was a registered Democrat.

Hillsborough County elections records show Bondi registered to vote as a Democrat in 1984 and switched to Republican on July 21, 2000. That was about a week after her then-boss, State Attorney Harry Lee Coe III, took his life.

Coe, a two-term Democratic state attorney and former circuit judge, was seeking a third term and Bondi's last boss, Mark Ober, was the leading Republican candidate for state attorney. Despite those dramatic events, Bondi said she could not recall why she became a Republican when she did. (story here)

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


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