Tampa Bay Times:
There is no graver responsibility and act of state government than an execution.
In Florida this week, a campaign fundraiser takes precedence.
Attorney General Pam Bondi persuaded Gov. Rick Scott to postpone an execution scheduled for tonight because it conflicted with her re-election kick-off reception.
“What’s going on down there? It’s ridiculous,” said Phyllis Novick, the Ohio mother of one of Marshall Lee Gore’s victims, when told Monday about the reason for the delay.
Gore, 50, raped, strangled and stabbed 30-year-old Robyn Novick in 1988 before dumping her body into a Miami-Dade County trash heap. Gore was also sentenced to die for the slaying of 19-year-old Susan Roark, whose body was found a few months later in Columbia County.
Scott said Monday that he did not know the reason for the request, and he declined to answer when asked whether he considers a campaign fundraiser an appropriate reason to reschedule an execution.
“When another Cabinet officer asks for something, we try to work with them,” Scott said.
On Monday, Bondi responded to questions with a statement saying she had made a mistake.
“As a prosecutor, there was nothing more important than seeing justice done, especially when it came to the unconscionable act of murder. I personally put two people on death row and, as Attorney General, have already participated in eight executions since I took office, a role I take very seriously,” Bondi said.
“The planned execution of Marshall Lee Gore had already been stayed twice by the courts, and we absolutely should not have requested that the date of the execution be moved,” said Bondi, who has long championed victims’ rights.
“Wherever one stands on the death penalty, there isn’t anyone in America that believes an execution should be postponed for political fundraising,” said David Donnelly, executive director of Public Campaign Action Fund. “That Pam Bondi requested a delay in this execution shows how the nonstop chase for campaign cash has hollowed out the morality of our political system. Her moral compass is broken.”
What the fuck?
There are some things you cannot call a “mistake”. This is one of them. It demonstrates a callous disregard for others that is almost malicious and depraved. The worst part is that it was totally unnecessary because she is running virtually unopposed.
It should come as no surprise that Bondi appointed Angela Corey as special prosecutor on the George Zimmerman case. Birds of a feather flock together and Corey was Bondi’s 2010 campaign chairwoman.
In case you are wondering, Bondi is a Republican.