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John Romano: Pam Bondi, Fox News a match made in conservative heaven

Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi would make a fine full-time addition to Fox News, columnist John Romano says.
Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi would make a fine full-time addition to Fox News, columnist John Romano says.
Published Feb. 20, 2014


To whom it may concern:

It is with great pleasure that I write this letter of recommendation for Pamela Jo Bondi. I am not personally acquainted with Ms. Bondi, but I am familiar with her work and I do know many of her constituents in the great state of Florida. It is, in fact, on behalf of those constituents that I write this letter. Many of them feel it would be a splendid idea for Ms. Bondi to escape the thankless job of attorney general and seek full-time employment at your fine network.

As I am sure you are aware, Ms. Bondi has already done terrific work at Fox News. She is undoubtedly telegenic and quite adept at emphasizing her assigned talking points, no matter how erroneous they may be. More than once, I've heard it said that she plays a lawyer on television even better than she does in courtrooms.

While it is true she does not have high name recognition outside of Florida, Ms. Bondi is making inroads nationally. For example, earlier this month she joined a lawsuit in a district appeals court in Philadelphia. It seems six states and the District of Columbia had joined with the Environmental Protection Agency to limit the amount of pollution being dumped in the rivers and streams of Chesapeake Bay. Some fertilizer and big-money farm interests want to overturn this clean water act and have filed a lawsuit. The case is 1,000 miles away, has nothing to do with Florida, and the states involved are all in favor of the clean water blueprint. Yet that didn't stop Ms. Bondi from trying to intervene. When it comes to appeasing potential campaign donors, she's just that conscientious.

Ms. Bondi also has vast experience on a wide variety of topics that might be of interest to your viewers. Her office defended legislation that prevented pediatricians from asking potential gun safety questions. (She lost.) She also defended a legislative end-around to privatize prisons. (She lost.) She defended a state law requiring welfare recipients to undergo drug tests. (She lost.) She defended a law that denied state contracts to companies doing business with Cuba. (She lost.) She challenged the language of a ballot amendment for medical marijuana. (She lost.) And I don't know if your network has ever done stories on the federal legislation known as Obamacare, but she once flew all the way to D.C. to argue against it in front of the Supreme Court. (She lost.)

More than anything, Ms. Bondi is a team player. There is no Republican cause she will not champion. There is no harebrained, unconstitutional, hard-hearted scheme proposed by Gov. Rick Scott that she will not defend. There is no back she won't scratch, and no corporate bigwig she won't court. She was once so adamant about holding a fundraiser she canceled … well, I've gone on long enough.

Suffice to say, Ms. Bondi would be a tremendous asset to the Fox News team. With this single hire, you would have an attractive and charming presence on your airwaves. You would have a legal expert, a conservative voice and a budding star. You would also have the undying gratitude of countless Floridians.

Thanks for your time.