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Sheldon crushes Thurston and will face AG Bondi



TALLAHASSEE — George Sheldon easily beat Perry Thurston Tuesday for the Democratic nomination for Attorney General.Sheldon's double-digit victory ensures the return of a veteran of Florida agencies and yet another proxy war on Obamacare.

In November, he faces Republican incumbent Pam Bondi, a contest that pits the state's most vocal critic of the Affordable Care Act against Sheldon, who left the agency implementing it so he could challenge her.

In October, Sheldon, 67, resigned from his his $179,000 job as the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' assistant secretary for the Administration for Children and Families and announced he was challenging Bondi.

Sheldon worked as deputy attorney general under Attorney General Bob Butterworth between 1999 and 2002. He followed Butterworth to the Department of Children and Families. In 2008, then-Gov. Charlie Crist tapped him to lead the agency.

Sheldon's victory should reacquaint him with Crist on the campaign trail.

"This year, it's all Crist all the time," said Screven Watson, former Florida Democratic Party executive director. "Money is going to be tight because of that. If I'm George, I'm going to velcro myself to Charlie and go along for the ride."

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[Last modified: Tuesday, August 26, 2014 9:09pm]


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