Sen. Jack Latvala takes off on media critics of Allegiant
State Sen. Jack Latvala, R-Clearwater, hosted constituents Thursday morning to hear from Allegiant Air CEO Maurice J. Gallagher, Jr.
Allegiant has been growing at a quick pace at St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport, but along the way has been under the media microscope for a number of maintenance delays, emergency landings and engine issues.
Latvala was quick to take to task the Tampa Bay Times, which has been at the forefront of Allegiant coverage.
As Times business reporter Justine Griffin writes:
Latvala would not would not even allow a Times reporter or photographer to ask Gallagher questions as he rose to defense of the airline.
"I have great admiration for the Tampa Bay Times most of the time, but every now and then they go down a crooked path," Latvala said. "Their criticism of Allegiant has been relentless and they've gone a little too far. It's been very slanted in one direction."