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Bondi fundraiser led to execution date change

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TALLAHASSEE (FOX 13) -

Do you think it's appropriate for the state of Florida to postpone an execution because of a political fundraiser?

That's exactly what happened in the case of convicted killer Marshall Lee Gore, and now Gov. Rick Scott and Attorney General Pam Bondi are facing tough questions about it.

Governor Scott scheduled Gore's execution for tomorrow night at 6 p.m.

But Attorney General Pam Bondi had already scheduled a political fundraiser for her re-election campaign that night, so she asked Scott to change the date.

Gov. Scott agreed to postpone the execution until October 1.

But he insists he did not know that Bondi's reason for the request was because of a political fundraiser.

"We set the date. The attorney general's office asked for a postponement so we went along with that…We try to comply with when another Cabinet member asks for something, we try to work with them."

Bondi's fundraiser is in Tampa Tuesday night from 5:30 to 7:30. Bondi's office says the attorney general wants to be available to carry out her duties in the execution process.

Late Monday afternoon, Bondi said she should not have requested the change.

"The planned execution of Marshall Lee Gore had already been stayed twice by the courts, and we should not have requested that the date of the execution be moved," she said in a statement.

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