Bob Hackworth says he needs to correct the record with Susan Latvala

Now, we don't want to play the he-said, she-said game, but Hackworth did respond to Cl after seeing Latvala's remarks.  He says Commissioner Latvala is off base in claiming that he took donations from developers, saying

"I declined donations from developers who had pending projects before the city when running for the city commission and/or mayor.  It was only after those project approvals were no longer pending that I then accepted contributions from those individuals in my federal race and even then, when presented with any perceived conflict, I returned those contributions."

In the e-mail accompanying that remark, Hackworth also sent a link from a St.Pete Times BayBuzz post written by Stephanie Garry from August 7, 2008, that reported that he had returned two contributions to his congressional campaign because he felt the donors were trying to influence him.  In closing, Hackworth writes, "ifs Susan wishes to remain oblivious to the intense and deserved distrust that people have for the motives of County Commissioner's and is completely unaware of the daily headlines of more Pay-to-Play politics, so be it."

Last week former Dunedin Mayor and now Pinellas County Commission hopeful Bob Hackworth dished out some strong criticism of his possible GOP opponent in the fall, Republican Susan Latvala, after she reported on her first quarter fund-raising and fundraisers.

To quickly recap, Hackworth  charged that a majority of Latvala's  money raised came from developers, contractors, corporations and political action committees,  and said that “this raises the perception of who Susan Latvala is really serving on the County Commission.”

That prompted Latvala to respond in kind, calling Hackworth a hypocrite, basically.

“In all of Mr. Hackworth’s campaigns, he excepted donations from any citizen who offered—while Mayor and running for Congress, he accepted $1,000 from George Radhert, who had purchased the old Fenway hotel property and was trying to get a zoning change.  Bob voted in favor of the zoning change.  Check his financial reports, he talks out of both sides of his mouth."

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