Contrite Bondi on execution delay: 'I was wrong. I made a mistake'
A contrite Pam Bondi owned up to a big mistake Tuesday, as Florida's attorney general acknowledged she was wrong to have asked that the execution of a vicious killer be delayed for three weeks because it would have conflicted with her re-election campaign fund-raiser.
Gov. Rick Scott agreed to Bondi's request, and claimed he did not know the reason why. Marshall Lee Gore's execution is now set for Oct. 1. (Previous reporting is here).
"I should not have requested that the execution be moved," Bondi told reporters after a Cabinet meeting. "I should not have moved it. I'm sorry. And it will not happen again. Next question."
Pressed into immediate damage control, Bondi was eager to change the subject, and a reporter accommodated her by asking about a legal issue involving benefits for same-sex couples in the National Guard. But then it was back to the subject of Gore's delayed execution.
Bondi said the execution delay was done "through staff," and reiterated: "I was wrong. I'm sorry. It will not happen again." Asked if the episode has compromised her public image as a victims' advocate, Bondi said: "I made a mistake. I'm sorry. It won't happen again. I asked that a killer's date be changed and he was given 20 more days. It won't happen again. I'm sorry." Asked who on her staff made the request for the delay in Gore's execution, Bondi referred questions to her press office.