The only poll that weve seen conducted on the races for Florida Attorney General earlier this summer indicated that most Florida voters werent really engaged. But its getting closer to crunch time, and we suspect that observers wont be able to avoid following it in the weeks to come.
Yesterday Florida Democratic Attorney General candidate Dave Aronberg responded somewhat coolly to his opponent, Dan Gelber, about his suggestion that the two engage in 11 debates between now and their August 24 primary election, just 27 days away.
Speaking to CL last night, Aronberg said that he does hope to engage in more political debates with Gelber, but I dont want it to be a political gotcha, which he claimed was what Gelber was aiming for.
Readers might recall how John McCain asked Barack Obama to engage in 10 debates throughout the summer of 2008, a la Lincoln-Douglas, to provide a service to the American public. Obama rejected that plan.
Well have more from Aronberg in a moment, but lets shift over to the GOP race for Attorney General. The St. Pete Times Steve Bosquet today reports on a controversy in that race over an e-mail sent last November from an attorney at the mammoth law firm Morgan & Morgan that suggested that if Bondi won this November she would hire the firm for consumer protection work.
The e-mail, written by Bondi's former boyrfriend, Billy Morgan, suggests that, but both Morgan and Bondi are vehemently denying it meant anything at all. One of Bondis opponents, Lieutenant Governor Jeff Kottkamp is all over it of course, saying he wants a state inquiry.
Whether there's anything to this, it will be interesting to see how Kottkamp and Bondi handle it at their debate scheduled for this weekend (Holly Benson is refraining from comment).