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PolitiFact Florida: Aronberg questions Gelber's ties to BP



If Florida winds up suing BP over the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, a newly elected Attorney General Dan Gelber may have to sit the case out, according to his rival for the Democratic nomination.

Dave Aronberg says that Gelber could be disqualified from representing the state in a case against BP because the private law firm he worked for until recently, Akerman Senterfitt, signed BP as a client in oil spill matters.

"I'm not angry at my opponent," Aronberg wrote to supporters recently. "He and I served in the legislature together. The fact remains, however, that his employment by BP's law firm could disqualify him from representing Florida against BP as Attorney General."

PolitiFact Florida decided to take a look at Aronberg's claim. Is it true?

[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 10:13am]


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