TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Attorney General Pam Bondi apologized Tuesday for asking Governor Rick Scott to reschedule an execution from the night of her "campaign kickoff" fundraiser earlier this month.
Bondi was addressing the capitol press corps in Tallahassee for the first time since the reason for the delay became public.
Scott has said he was complying with a request from a Cabinet member when he rescheduled the execution of convicted murderer Marshall Lee Gore from September 10th to October 1st.
Bondi, who has yet to draw a challenger in her 2014 re-election campaign, was asked if she feared the incident could hinder the perception of her as a crime fighter.
"I made a mistake. I am sorry; it won't happen again. I asked that a killer's date be changed, and he was given another twenty days. It won't happen again; I'm sorry
," Bondi said.
Attorneys for Gore, whose sanity has been the focus of two successful efforts to block the execution, have again filed a challenge.
Bondi says she's fighting it.
Gore was convicted of killing two women in 1988 in Miami-Dade and Columbia counties.
His death warrant is for the murder of Robyn Novick, whose body was found in March 1988 in a rural area of Miami-Dade County.
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