What do you do when you are your state’s Attorney General being investigated for an ethics violation over soliciting a $25,000 campaign contribution from the presumptive Republican presidential nominee? Well, if you’re Florida’s Pam Bondi, you accept a primetime speaking slot at your party’s nominating convention, which begins tomorrow.
Pat Bondi is scheduled to speak this coming Wednesday along with:
- Eileen Collins, astronaut and first female commander of a space shuttle mission
- Newt Gingrich, Former Speaker of the House
- Senator Ted Cruz
- Eric Trump
- Natalie Gulbis, professional golfer
- Mike Pence, Vice Presidential nominee
Some pretty heady company! (well, except for Gulbis and Eric Trump)
That Bondi would put herself on such public display is nothing short of blind ambition lathered over by some good, old-fashioned Florida chutzpah.
Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi’s political troubles involve three complaints accusing her of unethical conduct for soliciting campaign donations from Donald Trump while her office was reviewing consumer complaints against Trump University.
Trump’s $25,000 donation came just days before Bondi’s office dropped the probe, choosing not to join an investigation into complaints against Trump U.
Florida State Sen., Dwight Bullard, has called on U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch to begin a federal investigation.
“It’s not a one-time act or a one-time occurrence. Rather, it’s the latest in a pattern of questionable behavior exhibited by Ms. Bondi involving deep-pocketed interests and an unwillingness to legally pursue certain business entities following their intercession,” Bullard stated in his letter to Lynch.
There is little doubt that any news outlet covering the convention, and Bondi’s speech, will ignore the looming scandal. Many will be learning, for the first time, of this confluence of campaign money, Trump University, Bondi and Trump.
It is obvious why Donald Trump would invite Bondi to speak at his coming out party.
While a more circumspect political figure might have chosen to lay low and not stir up the proverbial hornet’s nest, Bondi is Trump’s kind of woman. Major cojones!