At last night’s Democratic Blue Gala in Coral Gables, the Miami-Dade Democratic Party honored several people, and State Attorney Aramis Ayala is one of them.
Ayala is the sunshine state’s first black state attorney, but she drew controversy after her surprise election win for deciding to not pursue the death penalty in any cases. This decision came at the time that the office prepared a case against Markeith Lloyd, a cop-killer. In addition, Lloyd also faces addition charges for murdering his girlfriend Sade Dixon and her unborn child.
Speaking on Ayala being honored, Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi blasted Tallahassee Mayor Gillum and Democrats, saying that “Andrew Gillum is demonstrating that he will not stand up for our brave law enforcement officers who risk their lives each day to keep us safe. I know Ron DeSantis will stand shoulder to shoulder with all our brave first responders.”
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She then added that “It is unfathomable to me that Andrew Gillum would participate in honoring State Attorney Aramis Ayala, who refused to even consider the death penalty for the man who brutally murdered a true hero — Lieutenant Debra Clayton.”
Ayala endorsed Gillum in July, and Gillum praised Ayala, commenting that “She is a deeply dedicated public servant and a strong advocate for justice and fairness, and the personification of leadership in her community and across the state.”