Florida Attorney General Reschedules Execution So She Can Attend Campaign Fundraiser

pam-bondiI was always made to believe a “stay of execution” was only reserved for some of the most important circumstances.  The reasons some executions get delayed are varying, but I do know that postposing one isn’t something that’s taken lightly.

There have been numerous cases where evidence has possibly shown that the person being put to death might be innocent—and still the executions have continued forward.

Well, in Florida, Republican Attorney General Pam Bondi delayed an execution so that—she could go to a campaign fundraiser. 

Let me say that in another way: a man’s life and the emotions of two families were treated like a “scheduling conflict.”

When Marshall Lee Gore was scheduled to die on September 10, 2013 for his brutal murders of two women in 1988, Ms. Bondi apparently had other things to attend to and asked Governor Rick Scott to reschedule.

These “other things” she had to do that were so important that she would ask to postpone serving justice (and keep a man’s life hanging in the balance) had nothing to do with groundbreaking legislation to help the people of Florida or crafting a plan to boost job growth.

Nope, she asked for a delay in Mr. Gore’s execution because she needed to attend a campaign fundraiser.

And we shouldn’t gloss over the fact that this man’s death had been stayed twice previously.  So this was his third “stay of execution,” all so the Florida Attorney General could go pander to her supporters and ask for money.

Well, apparently the backlash in Florida was powerful because Ms. Bondi admitted that she screwed up.

In her statement:

“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.

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.”

Which sounds great in hindsight.  But it shouldn’t take public backlash for the Florida Attorney General to put her duties before her campaign fundraising.

The careless way in which this woman treated this entire situation is reprehensible.  She’s shown reckless disregard for justice and the victims’ families, and her “apology” should carry no weight.  For her to have even thought of asking for a third stay of execution so that she could attend a campaign fundraiser shows exactly where her priorities lie.

And they’re not with justice, the state of Florida or her duties as Attorney General—they’re with her own selfish ambitions to further her political career.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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  • mike

    she’s a republican,……enough said!

  • randi

    I bet the guy on death row isn’t complaining. He’s probably hoping for a bunch more fundraisers.

  • Eric Bell

    According to this article, if the governor approved the schedule change, then an investigation needs to be done to find out if he knew the execution scheduled was going to be moved to another date for a fundraiser. If he did, he should be reprimanded and the state attorney general should resign or be disbarred. There are several ethics rules and regulations that Florida has to abide by, problem is that there seems to be so many things wrong with the legal system in Florida, that several people either need to step up to the plate and get things IMPROVED or step down and let someone else who knows what they are doing, and cares about what the American People (at least in Florida) think and again, just things done. Stop the corruption, stop the wishee-washee ethics practices and just simply get things done. Why is that so hard now a-day’s?

    • Fuck you america

      it aint just florida, the whole damn country is broken. Our populace is basicly retards with zero common sense.Our citizens are so misinformed, ignorant, and self righteous nothing is ever going to get better.

      • Howard Matthews

        LOL Thank heaven we have you to make things all warm and fuzzy though!! And of course, there’s nothing self righteous about your fake name. And nothing ignorant about how you write.

  • Tillmann Puschka

    ugh- she looks like a nasty piece of work.

    • Anthonij

      Frankly, she looks just like all the mindless pseudo-eye-candy they hire on Fox News…

  • LR

    when are we the people going to say enough! take the money out of politics. Her being a republican doesnt surprise me. But lets be honest, both partys are corrupt beyond repair. In America all anyone gives a shit about is money. period. Our politicians are crooked, our bankers are crooked, our cops are crooked, our whole country is crooked. Capitalism is a failure. It serves only the richest and greediest of humanity. I hate this country anymore. Anit-gay, anti-poor, anti-minority, anit-everything except rich white people. I dont care who gets mad at me for saying capitalism is a failed concept, and America is beyond repair because the populace is so dumb and uneducated they will never do anything to fix it. I would gladly move to Europe or Canada if only I could.

    • Howard Matthews

      All true except the capitalism comment…it was designed to make money after all. . . .And if you hate this country, you can always move to Russia or Mexico….America for all it’s faults is still the best country to live in as shown by the thousands of people coming here legally and illegally every day. I’ve lived in several other countries for short periods and they are not as fun and are far more corrupt. But feel free to leave…just dont expect as much freedom anywhere else

      • alan ireland

        …so Mr. Matthews sounds to me as though you are asserting we should lie down and enjoy being raped, by the likes of the 1%? I submit it’s way past time the majority of illiterates and idiots of this country do wake up and do do something about these felons. But until proper levels of education, voters rights and equality are restored, the ‘right’ will continue to destroy and erode what had become the greatest country in this planet. Religion should have nothing to do with governing.

      • birjar

        “.America for all it’s faults is still the best country to live in as shown by the thousands of people coming here legally and illegally every day” …..Yes people leaving countries that would make Detroit look like paradise. The US has many good points but sadly way more detractors.I live in Canada I dont feel any less free than friends in the U.S.

  • JphnReedjr

    Sort of sad that a woman, a bearer of life takes pride in the fact that she has presided over 8 executions. I’ll bet she’s pro-life too.

    • LittleD

      Yes, Pro-life, but only while it is in the uterus.

      • Pipercat

        Then pop! You’re on yer own kid!!

    • alan ireland

      when you knowingly elect a felon to office such as this governor, any wonder about the whys and who’s in this sham?

  • True American

    I am torn… Obviously he is a piece of shit and I dont care that he had 3 stays… He was convicted of a horrible crime and deserves his punishment, plus maybe a little torture emotionally ( unfortunatly I do not know facts of the case so dont judge me for saying this. If its another wrongful corrupt court case then I apologize.) SHE on the otherhand is another hypocritcal republican $&@#%^!!!!!!!! Just a sad human being that lives by the code of…. For lack of a better word, dumbassness.

    • Dan Perlman

      Keep in mind though that the emotional torture isn’t just inflicted on him, but his family and friends, and the family and friends of his victim(s).

  • Steve Saunders

    self serving in a public office should be a crime

  • Pipercat

    Now if this was Texas, Bigus Rickus would never postpone the execution for a fundraiser. He’d have the fundraiser from pinprick to pronouncement!!

    • Pipercat

      … in Huntsville!!!

  • Howard Matthews

    Holy Cow! a politician that only cares about their career…..didn’t see that coming . . . . . and this is news?

  • ArjayW

    Recall. Is that loud enough? No? RECALL!! Oh okay R-E-C-A-L-L. This woman is a travesty to any justice system. I feel bad for y’all down in Florida, folks…

  • OtherMainah

    Another Republican Ann Coulter bottle blonde — wouldn’t expect much from her, either!

  • Karen Christie

    This is precisely why politics should not be a career!

  • Dean Burney

    This story’s a load of crap. “Who cares when” a two time woman killer gets shoved into the chamber? The Attorney General’s fine.

  • Dean Burney

    “What do you mean she should “Resign of be disbarred!?” Get real! The murdering scum is “Out of there! ” Good work, Attorney General.