Democrat George Sheldon to Run for Florida Attorney General
By Matt O'Hern // October 21, 2013
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TALLAHASSEE, FLORIDA — The race for Florida’s Attorney General gained a new candidate today, as Former Deputy Attorney General George Sheldon announced his campaign against sitting Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi.
Sheldon, a Democrat, has served as deputy to former Attorney General Bob Butterworth. Sheldon served in the Obama administration in the federal Department of Health and Human Services.In 2000, Sheldon lost to Charlie Crist during his bid to become state education commissioner and finished third when he ran in the Democratic primary for Attorney general in 2002.
In a statement released today, Sheldon explained the inspiration for his campaign.
“This past Friday I officially resigned as assistant secretary for the United States Department of Health and Human Services and today I am announcing my candidacy for attorney general for Florida,” Sheldon said. “As deputy attorney general for Bob Butterworth, I know the potential that office holds for protecting our families and taking on anyone or any corporation that would threaten us. Taking on predatory lenders, human traffickers, and those who engage in deceptive practices is the job of the attorney general … not working full-time trying to deny health insurance to children and anyone with pre-existing conditions. I’m proud that children and families have been in my job title for almost a decade and that protecting has been a job description… It is time to restore integrity in the attorney general office,” Sheldon insisted. “Together we can do it. I ask for your vote, your help, your time and your prayers. Together we can restore character to the office of attorney general.”