Heavy hitters in Ashley Moody’s finance team

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A former U.S. Senator, a former U.S. Attorney, several former state lawmakers and a host of other Republican insiders are on the 34-member state financing team for Republican Attorney General candidate Ashley Moody.

The team’s membership was released Monday.

The 42-year-old former Hillsborough County circuit judge is one of four Republicans vying for the nomination to succeed Pam Bondi as the state’s chief legal officer.

Bondi is term-limited from running again and has already endorsed Moody.

Former lawmakers serving on her finance team include George LeMieux, who served as an interim U.S. Senator from 2009-2011 and is now the chairman of the board of the Gunster law firm; former House Speaker Dean Cannon, former Jacksonville state Sen. Jim Horne, Panhandle state Sen. George Gainer and former Hillsborough County state Rep. Trey Traviesa.

Other notables include former U.S. Attorney Paul Perez, St. Petersburg businessman Bill Edwards, and lobbyist Michael Corcoran, brother of House Speaker Richard Corcoran.

“It’s humbling to have the support of so many business, civic and legal leaders from around Florida,” Moody said in a press release. “Each and every individual on our finance team is not just accomplished professionally, but well-respected in their community.”

“Our team also recognizes and understands the importance of having an Attorney General who can lead the office on day one and keep Florida safe,” Moody added.

“The security of our state depends on having an Attorney General who understands what it takes to put criminals behind bars and strengthen our criminal justice system. With the help of our finance team, grassroots leaders, and campaign supporters we’ll continue sharing our conservative message with every voter throughout the state.”

Moody is running against state Reps. Jay Fant of Jacksonville, Frank White of Pensacola and Ross Spano of Dover for the GOP nomination. Tampa’s Ryan Torrens is the lone Democrat in the race.

Here’s the entire list of those on Moody’s finance team:

Carlos Alfonso, Brian Ballard, Rodney Barreto, Bennett Barrow, Glen Blauch, Dean Cannon, Doug Cone, Mike Corcoran, Bill Edwards, Elizabeth Marie Fago, Blake Fletcher, George Gainer, Robert Gidel, David Heekin, Jim Holton, Bill Horne, Jim Horne, Justin Kaplan, Cody Khan, Frank Kruppenbacher, Ron LaFace, Rhea Law, George LeMieux, Roberto Martinez, Randall McElheney, Paul Mitchell, Paul Perez, Ed Pozzuoli, Wayne Rosen, Domingo Sanchez, William Merrill Stainton, Trey Traviesa, Dr. Peter A. Wish, Jordan Zimmerman.

Mitch Perry

Mitch Perry has been a reporter with Extensive Enterprises since November of 2014. Previously, he served five years as political editor of the alternative newsweekly Creative Loafing. Mitch also was assistant news director with WMNF 88.5 FM in Tampa from 2000-2009, and currently hosts MidPoint, a weekly talk show, on WMNF on Thursday afternoons. He began his reporting career at KPFA radio in Berkeley and is a San Francisco native who has lived in Tampa since 2000. Mitch can be reached at [email protected].


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