Sen. Jack Latvala Curses Out Florida Reporter
The Pinellas Republican state senator was not happy to go through emails to fulfill a public records request, the Florida Times-Union reported.
A Florida Times-Union reporter who filed a public records request to Sen. Jack Latvala's office regarding his ethics reform proposal received a profanity-laced response from the Republican state senator.
According to the Times-Union, Latvala told Times-Union reporter Matt Dixon he did not like, "[expletive deleted] requests that waste my [expletive deleted] time.”
The request, filed Feb. 20 by the Times-Union, was seeking backup documents related to the Senate’s ethics reform package. It included a request for documents housed in Latvala’s office because he is chairman of the Senate Ethics and Elections Committee, which authored the bill.
The Times-Union reported Latvala threatened to no longer speak to Dixon.
During a set of brief phone interviews, Latvala threatened to cut off access to the reporter who requested document related to the legislation.
“I can [expletive deleted] choose who I talk to, and those who file records requests like that are not on the top of my list,” Latvala said.
To read the rest of Dixon's report on the incident, visit Jacksonville.com.
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