The two faces of Pam Bondi
Columnist Sue Carlton, a former courts reporter who covered prosecutor Pam Bondi closer than anyone at the Times, has a column up expressing a common sentiment in Tampa about the attorney general: Is does not seem like the same woman we've known for so long:
...And as has happened often since she was elected back in 2010, I find myself struck by the differences between Pam Bondi, the Florida attorney general often in conservative lockstep with our disaster of a governor, and Pam Bondi From Here.
The one from here is hard not to like. When she was a state prosecutor, families of victims in her cases gravitated to her. She hugged them and she held their hands and she put bad guys away. She has two on death row, Adam Davis and William Kenneth Taylor.
This is a small detail but, to me, telling: She loves dogs, purebred or pound, any dog. (And yes, there was the controversy over the Katrina dog.) She has taken her dog advocacy to the capital, so that at least has not changed.
But something else happened on the way to Tallahassee. Maybe those tea party politics were always in her heart, but she has become a stranger to some as attorney general, pledging on the campaign trail to oppose gay marriage, supporting an NRA challenge to a federal law restricting 18-, 19- and 20-year-olds from buying handguns and, of course, fighting Obamacare...