Developers buck Smith
Two prominent developers who have filed lawsuits accusing newspapers of casting their character in "false light" have turned their support to Smith's rival in the Democratic primary, U.S. Rep. Jim Davis of Tampa. More here.
The Tampa Tribune, which also detailed the issue Saturday, adds that Anderson Columbia founder Joe Anderson might also have been miffed at Smith's legislation seeking to improve environmental permitting. Anderson Columbia ran into problems with a planned concrete plant near the Ichetucknee River in 1999.
So what does it all mean? Smith's camp probably doesn't mind the attention. Some might see him as a defender of the news media and, perhaps more significant, a protector of nature. But it may not go far. Some environmentalists say he lacks cred, especially when compared to Democratic rival Jim Davis.