TALLAHASSEE — George Sheldon easily beat Rep. Perry Thurston, D-Fort Lauderdale, Tuesday for the Democratic nomination for Attorney General.
The double-digit victory by the veteran of Florida government ensures yet another proxy war on Obamacare.
In November, Sheldon faces Republican incumbent Pam Bondi, a contest that pits the state’s most vocal critic of the Affordable Care Act against Sheldon, who left the federal agency implementing it.
“Have me give Pam Bondi the job she really wants,” Sheldon told supporters Tuesday night at a Tallahassee wine bar. “And that’s as an anchor of Fox News.”
Within minutes of his victory, Bondi challenged him to a debate.
“The voters will have a clear choice between candidates in this election,” Bondi said in a statement. “They deserve to hear directly from us.”
Sheldon, amid congratulatory phone calls, had his answer.
“I’ll clearly accept,” he said. “I’ll debate her five times if she’s up for it.”