Florida Attorney General election, 2010

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The Florida Attorney General election of 2010 was held on November 2, 2010. Candidates competed to replace outgoing Republican incumbent Bill McCollum, who had announced on May 18, 2009, that he seek the state's gubernatorial office.[1]

Assistant state's attorney Pam Bondi (Republican) won the race to replace McCollum, defeating State Sen. Dan Gelber (Democrat) and Jim Lewis (Independent).

Race tracking

See also: 2010 State Attorneys General/Election Racetracking

Ballotpedia suggested the race leaned Republican, while Governing magazine called it a toss-up.

2010 Race Rankings for Florida Attorney General
Race Tracker Race Rating
Ballotpedia Leans Republican
Governing[2] Toss-up
Overall Call Toss-up

General election campaign


Republican Party Republican Party - Assistant state's attorney Pam Bondi
Democratic Party Democratic Party - State Sen. Dan Gelber
Independent Independent - Fort Lauderdale attorney Jim Lewis

General election results

2010 Race for Attorney General - General Election[3]
Party Candidate Vote Percentage
     Republican Party Approveda Pam Bondi 54.8%
     Democratic Party Dan Gelber 41.4%
     Independent Jim Lewis 3.8%
Total Votes 5,263,392


Central Florida News 13/Bay News 9 hosted the first and only debate between Republican Pam Bondi and Democrat Dan Gelber in the race for state attorney general on Saturday, October 16th. Topics of discussion included the federal health insurance mandate, property insurance, gay adoption, and public education funding.


Pam Bondi

Dan Gelber


Date of Poll Pollster Pam Bondi (R) Dan Gelber (D) Jim Lewis (I) Undecided Number polled
September 27-30[33] Public Opinion Strategies 38% 26% N/A 36% 800
October 4-6[34] Mason-Dixon 42% 37% N/A 2% 625
October 14-17[35] Suffolk University 38% 30% 7% 26% 500
October 27-28[36] Sunshine State News 51% 42% 5% 3% 1,578

August 24, 2010 primaries

See also: Florida gubernatorial election, 2010

Donkey symbol.png Democratic primary


Electoral results

2010 Race for Attorney General - General Election[39]
Party Candidate Vote Percentage
     Democratic Party Approveda Dan Gelber 59.1%
     Democratic Party Dave Aronberg 40.9%
Total Votes 831,690


Dave Aronberg

Dan Gelber


According to the Florida Division of Elections, as of July 14, 2010, here is the breakdown of campaign finances for each of the candidates:

  • Dave Aronberg - $328,543.19 in contributions since January 1, 2010 (with $999,609.87 in total contributions)[72]
  • Dan Gelber - $321,425.85 (with $991,922.35 in total contributions)


See also: Polls, 2010 State Attorney General elections
Date of Poll Pollster Dave Aronberg (D) Dan Gelber (D) Undecided Number polled
July 31-August 1[73] Associated Industries 20% 18% 62% 238
August 9-12[74] Sunshine State News 38% 27% 36% 1,000
August 17-19[75] Mason-Dixon 32% 25% 43% 500

Gop logo2.jpg Republican primary


Electoral results

2010 Race for Attorney General - Republican Primary[79]
Party Candidate Vote Percentage
     Republican Party Approveda Pam Bondi 37.9%
     Republican Party Jeff Kottkamp 32.8%
     Republican Party Holly Benson 29.3%
Total Votes 1,211,376


Holly Benson

Pam Bondi

Jeff Kottkamp


According to the Florida Division of Elections, as of July 9, 2010, here is the breakdown of campaign finances for each of the candidates:

  • Holly Benson - $241,696.39 in contributions since January 1, 2010 (with $476,177.32 in total contributions)[115]
  • Pam Bondi - $236,886.27 (with $437,419.83 in total contributions)
  • Jeff Kottkamp - $279,050.48 (with $670,085.05 in total contributions)


See also: Polls, 2010 State Attorney General elections
Date of Poll Pollster Pam Bondi (R) Jeff Kottkamp (R) Holly Benson (R) Undecided Number polled
July 26-30[116] Sunshine State News 16% 17% 12% 55% 1,345
July 31-August 1[73] Associated Industries 10% 12% 9% 69% 209
August 12-15[117] Sunshine State News 22% 29% 19% 30% 1,000
August 17-19[75] Mason-Dixon 27% 23% 22% 28% 500


BP connection

Dan Gelber's campaign for state attorney general was dealt a severe blow on Monday, June 28, 2010, when it was discovered that Akerman Senterfitt, where the state senator worked as both partner and counsel, agreed to represent British Petroleum (BP) in claims related to the catastrophic oil spill that followed the BP-leased oil rig Deepwater Horizon in the Gulf of Mexico.[118] His primary opponent, Dave Aronberg, argued that Gelber's position "would represent a major conflict of interest were he to win the Attorney General’s race — so much so that Gelber would have to recuse himself from any lawsuit his AG office would bring against BP, which hired Akerman to represent it the oil spill claims process."[119]

Shortly after the story first broke, Gelber issued a statement in which he called Aronberg's attack on him frivolous and absurd, noting that he had tendered his resignation from the firm a week before.[120] Furthermore, he argued, "he played no role in the firm's decision and didn't know about it until days afterward."[121][122] The Saint Petersblog noted, however, that his resignation was not effective until early July.[123]

In spite of his departure from Akerman Senterfitt, Aronberg continued to make the matter an issue in the primary campaign. An email sent to his supporters has Aronberg remarking that he is "not angry" at his opponent, but that "the fact remains, however, that his employment by BP’s law firm could disqualify him from representing Florida against BP as attorney general."[124]

Disney World billing

The Miami Herald reported in early-May 2010 that, during the summer of 1998, Republican primary candidate Jeff Kottkamp spent close to $10,000 on special tours of the Walt Disney World resort in Orlando and charged the expenses to an American Express card held by the state Republican Party.[125] Closer inspection of egregious expenditures such as these were part of an extensive audit being conducted by the Florida Republican Party to account for over $47,000 in expenses made under the reign of former executive director, Jim Rimes. David Bishop, a spokesman for Kottkamp's attorney general campaign, contended that these trips were "donors' appreciation outings," a claim that is at odds with statements from the state party, which has argued that these "Disney charges were not associated with a fundraiser nor other official party business."[126]

Lifestyle criticism

John Stemberger, president and general counsel of the Florida Family Policy Council (FFPC), who endorsed Lieutenant Governor Jeff Kottkamp in the Republican primary campaign for state attorney general, took a shot at Pam Bondi's lifestyle in his August 2010 endorsement letter.[127][128] He questioned Bondi's credentials as a conservative, noting that "personally, she has no children and lives with her 60 year old eye doctor boyfriend."[129]

Speaking with The Miami Herald in response to criticism over the letter, Stemberger insisted that he was not suggesting anything in regards to the Republican prosecutor's sex life. He argued that "marital status, children, living arrangements are all matters that tell us something about a person and their life experience. And therefore are relevant."[128]

Labor issue comment

After appearance on a weekend call-in radio program for WDBO in Orlando, Bondi drew criticism, in particular from her Republican primary opponent, Jeff Kottkamp, for her response to a question related to a key aspect of the Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA). The EFCA is a legislative bill currently being considered within Congress and is heavily backed by both the major unions in the country and the Obama White House. Bondi remarked that "she was opposed to the secret ballot in votes on unionization," an opinion also held by supporters of the measure.[130]

Bondi, in response to the controversy, contended that "it was difficult to hear the question, and I confused the terms in discussing my opposition to card check."[131] She insisted that she does not support the labor-backed card check program. Kottkamp's campaign, however, did not buy her excuse, suggesting the incident was just another example of Bondi showcasing her Democratic political roots.

Travel timed

More then 1,500 email messages were released to the St. Petersburg Times/Miami Herald following a public records request made by the two local papers in regards to the lieutenant governor's travel. Although there is no indication that Kottkamp broke any state ethical laws, it does suggest, however, that he frequently timed official state governmental trips with personal vacations with his family. A prominent example came in 2007 when he arrived four days early in Virginia, where he officially scheduled to attend a conference, "so he and his family, who were traveling with him, could have a personal vacation."[132] Kottkamp's campaign has declined being interviewed about this and other instances cited within the emails contending that the story is nothing but a political hit job.

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  1. Palm Beach Post, "Republican McCollum announces campaign for governor" 18 May, 2009
  2. Governing “Attorney General Race Ratings” 12 Oct. 2010
  3. Florida Department of State - 2010 Republican Attorney General Election Results
  4. Sunshine State News, "Pam Bondi Gains Support of Police Chiefs for AG Bid" 22 Sept. 2010
  5. Sunshine State News, "Florida Chamber of Commerce Endorses Rick Scott, Pam Bondi" 17 Sept. 2010
  6. Sunshine State News, "An Endorsement with a Real Bite: Dentists Back Pam Bondi for AG" 12 Oct. 2010
  7. Sunshine State News, "FMA Backs Pam Bondi for AG" 13 Oct. 2010
  8. Saint Petersblog 2.0 "FMA endorses Pam Bondi for Attorney General"13 Oct. 2010
  9. Capital Soup, "Florida Narcotics Officers Endorse Pam Bondi For Attorney General" 29 Oct. 2010
  10. Capital Soup, "Pam Bondi Endorsed By Florida Optometric Association" 26 Oct. 2010
  11. Sunshine State News, "Florida Retailers Back Pam Bondi for AG" 14 Sept. 2010
  12. The Miami Herald, "FOP endorses Bondi in AG race" 8 Sept. 2010
  13. St. Petersburg Times, "Bondi touts FOP endorsement" 8 Sept. 2010
  14. Sunshine State News, "Latin Builders Assoc. Backs Pam Bondi for AG" 20 Oct. 2010
  15. Capital Soup, "Pam Bondi Endorsed By Latin Builders Association" 20 Oct. 2010
  16. Capital Soup, "Latino Officers Endorse Pam Bondi For Attorney General" 25 Oct. 2010
  17. Tampa Tribune, "Elect Pam Bondi attorney general" 26 Sept. 2010
  18. Saint Petersblog 2.0 "Pam Bondi endorsed by Tampa Tribune, her hometown newspaper" 26 Sept. 2010
  19. Sunshine State News, "Democrats Unite: Dave Aronberg Endorses Dan Gelber for AG" 27 Aug. 2010
  20. Communication Workers of America - Endorsements
  21. AFL-CIO - 2010 Endorsements
  22. Saint Petersblog 2.0 "Florida Nurses endorses Dan Gelber for Attorney General" 25 Sept. 2010
  23. Saint Petersblog 2.0 "Florida’s firefighters endorse Dan Gelber over Pam Bondi" 21 Sept. 2010
  24. Florida Times-Union, "Dan Gelber wins endorsement from firefighters" 21 Sept. 2010
  25. Sunshine State News, "PBA Backs Dan Gelber for AG" 10 Sept. 2010
  26. Orlando Sentinel, "Gelber wins PBA endorsement" 10 Sept. 2010
  27. The Florida Times-Union, "Times-Union editorial board endorses Dan Gelber for attorney general" 29 Oct. 2010
  28. Orlando Sentinel, "Our Endorsements: For attorney general" 14 Oct. 2010
  29. Pensacola News Journal, "News Journal Editorial Board Endorsement: For attorney general" 18 Oct. 2010
  30. Pushing Rope, "Alex Villalobos Endorses Dan Gelber" 24 Sept. 2010
  31. Pushing Rope, "The St. Petersburg Times Endorses Dan Gelber" 10 Oct. 2010
  32. St. Petersburg Times, "Times recommends Gelber for attorney general" 11 Oct. 2010
  33. Saint Petersblog 2.0 "Chamber poll: Rick Scott leading Alex Sink by four, but Rubio is only up 7 over Crist," October 4, 2010
  34. Florida Capital News, "GOP candidates lead all 3 Cabinet races," October 10, 2010
  35. Suffolk University, "Republican Marco Rubio Leads by 8 Points," October 18, 2010
  36. http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/story/poll-gop-set-sweep-three-cabinet-offices Sunshine State News, "Poll: GOP Set to Sweep Three Cabinet Offices," October 30, 2010]
  37. Miami Herald, "Dan Gelber enters race for Florida attorney general" 9 June, 2009 (dead link)
  38. Miami New Times, ""Hot Bachelor" Dave Aronberg Officially Enters Attorney General Race" 4 June, 2009
  39. Florida Department of State - 2010 Democratic Attorney General Primary Election Results
  40. 40.0 40.1 40.2 40.3 40.4 40.5 Saint Petersblog 2.0 "Dave Aronberg receives another sheriff endorsement of AG bid" 19 Feb. 2010
  41. Change in Tallahassee, "Congressman Ted Deutch has endorsed Dave Aronberg for Attorney General" 19 July, 2010
  42. Broward's Blog, "Congressman Ted Deutch has endorsed Dave Aronberg for Attorney General" 19 July, 2010
  43. 43.0 43.1 The Miami Herald, "Wasserman-Schultz, Klein make endorsements in AG race" 26 Feb. 2010
  44. 44.0 44.1 Sunshine State News, "FEA Backs Meek and Crist...and Gelber and Aronberg" 22 May, 2010
  45. Saint Petersblog 2.0 "Florida PBA endorses Dave Aronberg" 10 June, 2010
  46. Sunshine State News, "PBA Backs Aronberg Over Gelber" 11 June, 2010
  47. St. Petersburg Times, "Aronberg boasts of first labor union endorsement" 16 Nov. 2009
  48. Sunshine State News, "Sobel Backs Dave Aronberg over Dan Gelber for AG" 13 July, 2010
  49. Sun Sentinel, "Aronberg gets Sobel endorsement" 13 July, 2010
  50. Saint Petersblog 2.0 "Dave Aronberg racks up another sheriff’s endorsement" 24 Feb. 2010
  51. Sunshine States News, "AFSCME Council 79 Backs Gelber for AG" 17 June, 2010
  52. Saint Petersblog 2.0 "AFSCME backs Gelber for AG" 21 June, 2010
  53. 53.0 53.1 Sunshine State News, "Two South Florida Teachers Unions Back Dan Gelber for AG Over Dave Aronberg" 15 July, 2010
  54. St. Petersburg Times, "Dan Gelber, Dave Aronberg gain endorsmeents in race for attorney general" 25 June, 2009
  55. Creative Loafing, "Debbie Wasserman-Schultz endorses Dan Gelber as Democratic nominee for Attorney General" 26 Feb. 2010
  56. Equality Florida Action PAC - Equality Florida Action PAC has endorsed Dan Gelber in the democratic primary race for Attorney General (dead link)
  57. Miami Herald, "Editorial: Florida Attorney General - Democratic Primary" 23 July, 2010
  58. Sunshine State News, "Florida Pipe Trades Union Backs Dan Gelber for AG" 12 July, 2010
  59. Saint Petersblog 2.0 "Florida Pipe Trades Union backs Dan Gelber for AG" 12 July, 2010
  60. St. Petersburg Times, "Former Gov. Buddy MacKay endorses Sen. Dan Gelber for attorney general" 17 Dec. 2009
  61. 61.0 61.1 61.2 Orlando Sentinel, "Gelber wins another state attorney endorsement" 29 Jan. 2010
  62. 62.0 62.1 Pensacola News Journal, "PNJ picks: attorney general" 11 Aug. 2010
  63. SAVE Dade Action PAC - Endorsements
  64. St. Petersburg Times, "Dan Gelber gets SEIU endorsement" 4 Aug. 2010
  65. Capital Soup, "Dan Gelber Receives Key Endorsement from SEIU Florida" 4 Aug. 2010
  66. Saint Petersblog 2.0 "South Florida Fire Fighters endorse Dan Gelber for Attorney General" 8 June, 2010
  67. Sunshine State News, "South Florida Firefighters Back Gelber for Attorney General" 8 June, 2010
  68. Saint Petersblog 2.0 "St. Petersburg Times endorses Dan Gelber for Attorney General" 2 Aug. 2010
  69. Sunshine State News, "Nan Rich Backs Dan Gelber for AG Over Dave Aronberg" 9 July, 2010
  70. Daily Loaf, "Under fire for BP association, Nan Rich comes to Dan Gelber’s defense" 9 July, 2010
  71. 71.0 71.1 Saint Petersblog 2.0 "Tampa Tribune endorses Dan Gelber and Pam Bondi in Attorney General primary races" 18 July, 2010
  72. Saint Petersblog 2.0 "Aronberg posts best fundraising haul of campaign" 30 March, 2010
  73. 73.0 73.1 Associated Industries of Florida, "AIF Poll: Scott Out Front In Republican Primary for Governor; Many Undecided in Attorney General’s Race," August 4, 2010
  74. Sunshine State News, "With 11 Point Lead Over Dave Aronberg, Dan Gelber's Sitting Pretty in Dem AG Race," August 17, 2010
  75. 75.0 75.1 Miami Herald, "Most still undecided in Florida attorney general races," August 20, 2010 (dead link)
  76. Miami Herald, "Florida Lt. Gov. Jeff Kottkamp now a candidate for attorney general" 21 July, 2009 (dead link)
  77. Miami Herald, "GOP adds Holly Benson to Florida attorney general race" 30 Oct. 2009 (dead link)
  78. Tampa Tribune, "Hillsborough's Pam Bondi running for attorney general" 1 Dec. 2009
  79. Florida Department of State - 2010 Republican Attorney General Primary Election Results
  80. The Palm Beach Post, "Newt Gingrich backs Holly Benson for attorney general" 19 Aug. 2010
  81. Sunshine State News, "Newt Gingrich Backs Holly Benson in Republican AG Primary" 19 Aug. 2010
  82. Pensacola News Journal, "U.S. Rep. Miller endorses Holly Benson for attorney general" 6 Aug. 2010
  83. Sunshine State News, "Congressman Jeff Miller Backs Holly Benson in Republican AG Race" 6 Aug. 2010
  84. 84.0 84.1 84.2 84.3 84.4 84.5 84.6 Capital Soup, "Holly Benson for Attorney General: Prominent Statewide Elected Leaders Voice Support for Holly Benson" 14 June, 2010
  85. Saint Petersblog 2.0 "Sarasota Herald-Tribune endorses Holly Benson" 10 Aug. 2010
  86. Sunshine State News, "ABC Backs Bondi for Attorney General" 3 June, 2010
  87. Sunshine State News, "AIF Backs Pam Bondi for AG" 1 July, 2010
  88. Orlando Sentinel, "Bondi picks up ‘Voice of Business’ endorsement" 1 July, 2010
  89. 89.0 89.1 Restraining Order Blog, "Hillsborough County Sheriff Endorses State Attorney Pam Bondi For Florida Attorney General" 5 Feb. 2010
  90. Miami Herald, "Florida Attorney General - Republican Primary" 23 July, 2010 (dead link)
  91. GOP USA "Miami Herald Endorses Bondi" 23 July, 2010
  92. Capital Soup, "Pam Bondi Endorsed By The Orlando Sentinel In Attorney General Race" 6 Aug. 2010
  93. Orlando Sentinel, "Sarah Palin endorses Pam Bondi as ‘bold, sharp, selfless…’" 18 Aug. 2010
  94. St. Petersburg Times, "Sarah Palin endorses Pam Bondi for attorney general" 19 Aug. 2010
  95. Capitol Soup, "Pam Bondi Endorsed By South Florida Sun Sentinel" 16 Aug. 2010
  96. Saint Petersblog 2.0 "Pam Bondi endorsed by South Florida Sun Sentinel" 16 Aug. 2010
  97. Saint Petersblog 2.0 "Florida Speaker Larry Cretul endorses Pam Bondi for AG" 12 July, 2010
  98. Saint Petersburg Times, "Al Cardenas endorses Pam Bondi" 19 July, 2010
  99. 99.0 99.1 99.2 99.3 99.4 Saint Petersblog 2.0 "Five state legislators endorse Pam Bondi for Attorney General" 7 June, 2010
  100. Sunshine State News, "National Pro-Life Group Backs Pam Bondi" 27 April, 2010
  101. Saint Petersblog 2.0 "National Pro-Life group backs Pam Bondi" 27 April, 2010
  102. 102.0 102.1 Capital Soup, "Jeff Kottkamp For Attorney General: Kottkamp Receives Endorsements from Two More Florida Sheriffs" 19 April, 2010
  103. Sunshine State News, "PBA Backs Jeff Kottkamp for Attorney General" 10 June, 2010
  104. Saint Petersblog 2.0 "Florida PBA endorses Jeff Kottkamp for Attorney General" 10 June, 2010
  105. Sunshine State News, "Backed by Florida Right-to-Life PAC, Jeff Kottkamp Vows to Protect Unborn" 2 July, 2010
  106. The Palm Beach Post, "Florida Right to Life splits endorsement in Republican gubernatorial primary" 2 July, 2010
  107. Sunshine State News, "Phyllis Schlafly Backs Jeff Kottkamp for GOP AG Nomination" 12 Aug. 2010
  108. Orlando Sentinel, "Kottkamp picks up Schlafly endorsement" 12 Aug. 2010
  109. 109.0 109.1 109.2 Saint Petersblog 2.0 "Kottkamp announces endorsement of 3 more legislators" 1 June, 2010
  110. Sunshine State News, "GOP AG Candidate Jeff Kottkamp Snags Two Endorsements in Miami-Dade" 10 Aug. 2010
  111. 111.0 111.1 111.2 Sunshine State News, "Jeff Kottkamp Gets Three More Legislators Backing His AG Bid" 23 June, 2010
  112. 112.0 112.1 112.2 Capital Soup, "Jeff Kottkamp For Attorney General: Three more legislators endorse Jeff Kottkamp for Attorney General" 23 June, 2010
  113. The Florida Times-Union, "Jeff Kottkamp gets endorsement from anti gay marriage leader in his race for attorney general" 29 June, 2010
  114. Sunshine State News, "Conservative Leader John Stemberger Backs Jeff Kottkamp for AG" 29 June, 2010
  115. Sunshine State News, "Republicans Running for AG Start Debate Negotiations" 25 June, 2010
  116. Sunshine State News, "GOP Primary Voters 'Undecided' in Attorney General Race," August 4, 2010
  117. Sunshine State News, "Kottkamp Builds Lead in Attorney General Race" 19 Aug. 2010
  118. The Reid Report, "Mo’ clicks: me llamo Freddy Kreuger, the vanishing Mr. Rubio, Gelber’s BP problem **UPDATED**" 28 June, 2010
  119. Saint Petersblog 2.0 "Dave Aronberg scores major political victory as Dan Gelber resigns from law firm representing BP" 28 June, 2010
  120. Creative Loafing, "Gelber calls Aronberg camp’s criticism of his timed departure from law firm representing BP as “absurd”" 30 June, 2010
  121. Miami Herald, "Gelber says he left law firm representing BP" 30 June, 2010 (dead link)
  122. Sunshine State News, "Gelber says he left law firm representing BP" 30 June, 2010
  123. Saint Petersblog 2.0 "Dan Gelber says he quit law firm “last Thursday” so why is resignation letter effective in “early July?”" 30 June, 2010
  124. Saint Petersblog 2.0 "It’s just business, nothing personal: Aronberg fires again at Gelber over connection to BP, but says “he’s not angry”" 2 July, 2010
  125. The Huffington Post, "Jeff Kottkamp, Florida Lt. Gov., Billed State GOP For Disney World Tours" 5 May, 2010
  126. The Miami Herald, "Lieutenant governor tied to GOP-paid expenses for Disney tours" 5 May, 2010 (dead link)
  127. St. Petersburg Times, "John Stemberger endorses Jeff Kottkamp" 29 June, 2010
  128. 128.0 128.1 The Miami Herald, "John Stemberger raises questions about Pam Bondi's sex life" 7 Aug. 2010
  129. The Florida Times-Union, "Stemberger: Unmarried, childless Pam Bondi is suspect as conservative" 8 Aug. 2010
  130. Pam Bondi's remarks on WDBO in Orlando
  131. Sunshine State News, "Jeff Kottkamp Team Attacks Pam Bondi for Breaking With Conservatives on Labor Issue" 16 Aug. 2010
  132. The St. Petersburg Times, "Lt. Gov. Jeff Kottkamp's emails show public and personal travel ties" 7 Aug. 2010