Public records and Jack Latvala's potty mouth
State Sen. Jack Latvala, our latest winner of the week, is not a fellow who easily keeps his temper bottled up. So learned the Florida Times-Union after filing a public records request relating to the ethics reform legislation Latvala is sheparding this year:
In a profanity-laced tirade Monday, the St. Petersburg Republican blasted a reporter for filing a public records request he called a “fishing expedition.”
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.
He was not happy because he had to spend “a solid hour of personal time” going through personal emails to fulfill the request.
“I don’t like [expletive deleted] requests that waste my [expletive deleted] time,” said Latvala, who has called his bill the most sweeping ethics reform in nearly 40 years...