That was one of two big takeaways from tonight's Attorney General debate, which voters not living in the Tampa Bay and Orlando area were blocked from seeing. Given Bondi's performance, it's no wonder she's afraid to participate in more than one debate.
When Geroge Sheldon, her Democratic opponent, said the AG should investigate Rick Scott's questionable financial disclosures, which came to light over the weekend in an article by the Miami Herald, Bondi said:
"That's how a politician talks, not an attorney general. ... To imply that our governor is corrupt, that's not appropriate for any candidate to say, nor an attorney general to say that, based on a newspaper article."
This was in response to a question about public corruption in Florida. Sheldon was referring to the possibility that Rick Scott was hiding conflicts of interest in his financial disclosures. This is in addition to the conflicts Floridians already know about with his investments in the oil drilling and gas industry that came to light as he was making decisions about drilling in Florida, and in addition to the possibility that companies were fracking illegally in south Florida. All of this, on top of more questions about those we can't even know about because of Rick Scott's so-called blind trust that guards them from the public eye.
That Bondi thinks being vocal about, or looking into such matters is inappropriate for an Attorney General was a bit stunning to say the least. She is, after all, the state's chief legal officer. If it's not her job to look into something like that, what does she assume her job is? Bondi merely shrugged off the idea Sheldon's comments were just based on a newspaper article. Yes, an article written by those who read the disclosure documents. Something the Attorney General could certainly do herself if she wasn't so busy blocking same sex marriage, blocking access to health care and contraception, and postponing executions that conflict with her fundraisers, among other things.