Note: This blog's templates will be updated this afternoon to a responsive design bringing it in line with

At that time, we will also change to the Facebook commenting system. You will need to log in with a Facebook account in order to comment.

« In Miami, a crowd passionate but polite on redistricting | Main | Florida sparkles in eyes of GOP presidential contenders »

Pam Bondi deflects controversy over firings, angry memo

It's been a rough month for Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi. First, she faced criticism in late July for the forced resignations of two attorneys leading the state's foreclosure fraud investigations. Then last week, assistant attorney general Andrew Spark released a 16-page diatribe accusing the office of failing to aggressively pursue foreclosure and consumer protection cases.

"The people of the State of Florida are entitled to fair and honest government, independent of personal connections and powerful interests, and I have decided to speak out," Spark wrote. He quit the next day.

Democrats are seizing on the controversy, turning what Bondi has characterized as issues with subpar, disgruntled personnel into political embarrassment by calling for independent investigations and introducing legislation aimed at Bondi's office.

"You learn when you get elected, sadly, that politics play into everything," Bondi said. "It's tough when people accuse you with baseless allegations, but I'm going to continue to do what I know is right."