In a story highlighting the absurdity of the American election cycle, and how big of a role money plays in it, the Attorney General of Florida, Pam Bondi, requested that Governor Rick Scott postpone the execution of convicted murderer Marshall Lee Gore in order to attend a fundraiser for her next political race not slated to take place until November of next year. Governor Scott, for his part, isn’t the focus of alleged impropriety in the State of Florida this time and claimed that he was unaware of the reason for the request, as noted here.
Gore was convicted for the murder of two women in 1988 and in a statement released Monday, September 9th, Bondi said:
As a prosecutor, there was nothing more important than seeing justice done, especially when it came to the unconscionable act of murder. I personally put two people on death row and, as Attorney General, have already participated in eight executions since I took office, a role I take very seriously. The planned execution of Marshall Lee Gore had already been stayed twice by the courts, and we should not have requested that the date of the execution be moved.
To be fair, the Attorney General did not set the date of the execution, and fundraisers are generally planned weeks, if not months, in advance. Also a spokesperson for Bondi, named Jenn Meale, added that the Attorney General felt it was important to be present at the execution. However, that being said, it is interesting to note that at this time she doesn’t even have any challengers in the race, as evidenced by no other people running being listed here. The question has to be asked, what is more important, a man’s life or election funds? In a currently uncontested race in which she is the incumbent and therefore already has a marked advantage against anyone who might decide to challenge her in the future, why is it that she didn’t even think twice about choosing the fundraiser over this man’s last breath until after people started questioning her about it? What does it say about our elections that over a year before election day, even in an only state-wide election, that our elected officials are more concerned with attending fundraisers than they are with doing their jobs?
For more in depth coverage of the story, you can find information here.