Latvala and Hackworth already sparring

[image-1]But in an e-mail response received by CL this morning, Latvala fired back, writing, "People who live in glass houses, shouldn't throw stones."

Hackworth has announced he will not accept more than $100 in any campaign contribution, and only from individuals, not from corporations or committees.

But Latvala says he's never been so pure in previous campaigns.  She writes:

"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.

It is very clear that I serve all of the citizens of Pinellas County - and because a citizen contributes to my campaign with a business check rather than a personal check, doesn't mean that I will support any issue that comes before the BCC that they may be involved in."

We're more than half a year away until the November elections, but some candidates are itching to engage in combat right now.

Last week former Dunedin Mayor Bob Hackworth, a former Republican who turned Democrat in 2008 and is now running for a seat on the Pinellas County Commission, blasted the incumbent in the race Susan Latvala (who is facing a GOP primary challenge against former Tarpon Springs Mayor Beverly Billiris, Ray Brooks and Carl Folkman).

After Latvala announced her first quarter fundraising totals, Hackworth charged that a majority of that 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 Commission."

Hackworth went on to say that Latvala had apparently forgotten the anger from the Jim Smith land deal scandal, adding,

Latvala's report shows a $1,000 contribution from the fired Pinellas County Attorney (Susan Churuti) in that land deal scandal and her husband, a $500 contribution from the current Property Tax Appriaser's (Pam Dubov) husband, contribution from two other current county Constitutional officers whose budget the Commission will set this summer, as well as numerous checks from developers and contractors with pending business before the commission"

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