A Christian law firm says Florida's attorney general, Pam Bondi, would be a bad choice for attorney general of the United States.
President Donald Trump is meeting this week with Bondi, the outgoing Florida AG, who is reportedly on the president's short list to replace Jeff Sessions, who resigned earlier this month. Bondi (middle, with Trump and Sessions), 53, has been AG for the Sunshine State since 2011 and is the first woman to hold that position in Florida. She is term-limited and will step down in January.
Bondi's name has been floated as a possible replacement for Sessions, as has former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, retiring South Carolina Congressman Trey Gowdy, former Judge Janice Rogers Brown, Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta, and GOP Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina. But Mat Staver of Florida-based Liberty Counsel says the Florida AG isn't a good choice to become the country's top law enforcement officer.
"Pam Bondi is neither conservative nor a hard worker nor aggressive," he tells OneNewsNow. "In fact, we have personal knowledge of her lack of being aggressive and conservative in Florida."
For example, Staver argues that Bondi didn't adequately defend the state's constitutional marriage amendment when lawsuits were filed against it in 2015. "The attorney literally – at the instruction of Pam Bondi – gave away the case," he recalls. "She had no interest in defending Florida's constitutional amendment that affirmed the marriage of one man and one woman."
And Staver is convinced the president would be very dissatisfied if he picked Bondi.
"Certainly I don't think she's going to do the job," says the Liberty Counsel founder. "And while President Trump may in fact like her because she has supported his campaign, if she actually got that position I'm sure he's going to be dissatisfied with her process and her performance very quickly, as all of us in Florida have been over the last several years."
Staver says Trump deserves someone who is competent, unafraid to take on unpopular issues, and willing to work hard – and Bondi, he emphasizes, isn't the right choice for this very important position.