Make us your home page
Instagram

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

GOP candidates for Florida attorney general disagree on gay adoption ban

ST. PETERSBURG — Lt. Gov. Jeff Kottkamp said Thursday he has been virtually locked out of the governor's office since Charlie Crist announced in April that he was leaving the Republican Party.

"He's my friend," Kottkamp, a Republican running for attorney general, said of Crist. "But I don't see him very often."

Kottkamp described his role in the administration as "far less" than what it had been just a few months ago.

"I stick to my responsibilities," said Kottkamp, who serves as chairman of Space Florida and oversees the Governor's Office of Adoption and Child Protection and Governor's Office of Drug Control. "I stick to them and make sure I keep doing my job."

Kottkamp made the remarks to reporters during a stop in St. Petersburg, where he and other Republicans running for attorney general — former Agency for Health Care Administration Secretary Holly Benson, Hillsborough prosecutor Pam Bondi and former statewide prosecutor Jim Lewis — addressed the Suncoast Tiger Bay Club.

The race has the potential to be one of the more unpredictable campaigns in Florida in 2010, partly because of the number of credible candidates, and partly because the race figures to draw little statewide attention.

Democrats will choose between two exiting state legislators: Dave Aronberg and Dan Gelber.

On Thursday, Kottkamp, Bondi and Benson each tried to offer themselves as a true conservative — Bondi as the outsider running against the scandals that have rocked the state Republican Party, Benson as a wonkish former agency head with an array of experience, and Kottkamp as a the son of a dump truck driver who learned early lessons about the power of people over government.

All three said they support a bill passed by the Legislature that would require women seeking an abortion to first have an ultrasound performed. The women would be required to pay for the procedure.

And they all said they would continue current Attorney General Bill McCollum's lawsuit to declare the federal health care overhaul unconstitutional.

Lewis, a lawyer from Fort Lauderdale, said he would support the lawsuit, but not the abortion bill.

Bondi was the only candidate who wouldn't say whether or not the state should allow gay adoptions. The state's current attorney general, Bill McCollum, is appealing a 2008 court ruling that declared a state ban on gay adoptions unconstitutional.

Benson and Kottkamp said they agreed with McCollum's challenge, Lewis said he did not.

Bondi said "our judiciary will make a fair and just decision regarding that case," and suggested she would support either outcome.

Bondi had difficulty answering a question about whether or not she voted for Amendment 1, the tax-relief package offered by Republicans and Crist in 2008. After asking what Amendment 1 was, she quickly turned the discussion to property insurance.

Part of her trouble likely stemmed from the fact that she didn't vote in that election, Hills­borough County voting records show. That election — on Jan. 29, 2008 — also included the Republican presidential primary.

According to records, Bondi has voted in every presidential general election she has been eligible for, but she did not vote in the governor and Cabinet elections of 1986 and 1990.

Aaron Sharockman can be reached at asharockman@sptimes.com.

GOP candidates for Florida attorney general disagree on gay adoption ban 06/03/10 [Last modified: Friday, June 4, 2010 12:04am]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. President Trump offers prayers for Kissimmee police

    Blogs

    President Donald Trump reacted to the shooting deaths of two Kissimmee police officers:

  2. Kissimmee police officer dies, one gravely wounded; Jacksonville officers shot

    News

    KISSIMMEE — A Kissimmee police officer died and a second was gravely wounded Friday night, police Chief Jeff O'Dell said.

    Two police officers have been shot and killed in Kissimmee, authorities say. The shooting happened in the area of Palmway and Cypress around 9:30 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 18, 2017. Photo courtesy of WESH.com
  3. Longest home run at Trop and Erasmo Ramirez's pitching doom Rays (w/video)

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — Kevin Kiermaier returned. The problem was, so did Erasmo Ramirez.

    Seattle Mariners first baseman Yonder Alonso (10) scores on the double by Seattle Mariners designated hitter Nelson Cruz (23) in the first inning of the game between the Seattle Mariners and the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. on Friday, August 18, 2017.
  4. 'Road to Nowhere' is back: Next phase of Suncoast Parkway coming

    Roads

    Despite intense public opposition and dubious traffic projections, the Florida Department of Transportation has announced that construction of the toll road known as "Suncoast 2" is expected to start in early 2018.

    The Suncoast Parkway ends at U.S. 98 just south of Citrus County. For years residents have opposed extending the toll road, a project dubbed the "Suncoast 2" into Citrus County. But state officials recently announced that the Suncoast 2 should start construction in early 2018. [Stephen J. Coddington  |  TIMES]
  5. Jameis Winston's hardest lesson: He can't always save the day

    Bucs

    TAMPA — Ever wonder what in the world goes through Jameis Winston's mind when he tries to fit the ball in a keyhole as he is being dragged to the turf like he was during Thursday night's 12-8 preseason win over the Jaguars?

    Jameis Winston, left, tries to hang on to the ball as Jaguars defensive end Dante Fowler tries to strip it from him.