With Attorney General Pam Bondi backing her friend, former circuit Judge Ashley Moody in the 2018 Republican attorney general primary race, political talking heads and operatives believe that this race could Moody’s to lose.
Up until last week, Moody could have been seen as the early favorite in the race because of Bondi’s support, but that was last week.
During the recent Enterprise Florida board meeting, Governor Rick Scott praised Moody’s primary opponent, Rep. Jay Fant, for his past, unabated support for the governor’s two state business marketing vehicles, Enterprise Florida and Visit Florida.
The very pro-gun Fant, who says he will continue Bondi’s ‘war on opioids’ if elected AG, bucked leadership in the House, opposing efforts by Speaker Corcoran to completely defund the two entities.
“There are not a lot of people in the Legislature that stood up for us and talked vocally about their support of Enterprise Florida and Visit Florida and Jay Fant was one of the few, and I want to thank Jay for doing that and I wish all luck in your next endeavor.”-Gov. Rick Scott
With the Republican primary election night between Moody and Fant just about a year away, Governor Scott’s show of support for Fant could translate into big business campaign dollars for the Jacksonville native and evened the playing field.