The attorney general protects consumers from fraud, targets widespread criminal activities such as identity theft and drug trafficking, represents the state when convictions are appealed and defends the constitutionality of laws passed by the Legislature.
Pam Bondi, 48, is a Republican from Tampa and former state prosecutor who is seeking a second term. She deserves considerable credit for putting a major dent in the number of pill mills operating in Florida, attacking the human-trafficking trade and working to keep dangerous synthetic drugs in check. She brokered a settlement with large lending institutions involved with the mortgage meltdown that resulted in billions of dollars for Florida.
She rightly continued — alas, unsuccessfully — former Attorney General Bill McCollum’s legal challenge of Obamacare.
We think the harsh attacks on Bondi for appealing lower court rulings in favor of same-sex marriage are unfair. Perhaps her office could have been more circumspect in its language, but she does have a responsibility to uphold a state ban on the unions that the public voted into the constitution.
And she has been proactive on identity theft and consumer protection.
…Bondi’s good work on critical public safety issues such as pill mills and human trafficking should earn her another term. For attorney general, the Tribune recommends Pam Bondi.