The Tampa Tribune is the first (I think of the major newspapers) to offer an endorsement in any of the statewide races. Not surprisingly, the newspaper backs Dan Gelber and Pam Bondi. Not surprisingly because, in Gelber’s case, the traditional media just looovvveeesss them some DG. Not that they shouldn’t, but I’ll be surprised if Dave Aronberg wins much support from the fourth estate. In Bondi’s case, if her hometown paper didn’t back her, who the hell will? Excerpts:
On Dan Gelber:
Gelber understands the power of the office, observing correctly that except for the Supreme Court, he would answer to no one in Tallahassee. Indeed, he has a record of standing up to powerful corporate interests and influential politicians who are used to getting their way, like former Gov. Jeb Bush. He has led consequential investigations and supervised operations bigger than the one he would take over if elected.
On Pam Bondi:
Bondi says she would follow through with the health care lawsuit because she believes the federal requirement to own health insurance is unconstitutional.
But she is hazy on some key state issues, including growth management, and it’s disappointing that she supported near-shore drilling until the recent spill. She needs to move beyond party talking points and show she will think for herself.
Her competitors Benson, 39, and Kottkamp, 49, are worthy adversaries. Both are smart and have a firm grasp of statewide issues, having served in the Legislature and under Crist.
But we know Bondi to be bright, studious and trustworthy.