Samm Simpson responds to criticism
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07/23/08 Mitch E. Perry
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An editorial in Sunday’s St. Petersburg Times slammed Pinellas County Democratic Congressional candidates Max Linn and Samm Simpson, who are competing along with Dunedin Mayor Bob Hackworth in the Aug. 26 primary.

At a meeting last week in St. Petersburg intended to help Azalea residents understand the plume of pollution pervading their neighborhood, several politicians were in attendance, including U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson and state Sen. Charlie Justice.

The Times went off on Linn and Simpson in an editorial entitled, “Politics at its worst,” saying “two Democrats hoping to unseat longtime Republican U.S. Rep. C.W. Bill Young, are surely having a hard time getting seen and heard. That, of course, is no excuse for waving signs, handing out pamphlets and delivering political sermons at somber meetings in St. Petersburg intended to help Azalea residents comprehend the plume of pollution that is spreading beneath their homes.”

The paper called it the equivalent of ambulance chasing. It seemed to be written in response to a letter written by St. Petersburg Democratic House Rep. Rick Kriseman, who blasted Linn and Sampson for their actions at those meetings.

WMNF spoke with Samm Simpson about the incident today.

WMNF called Kriseman’s office for comment but we have not heard back from him at this time.

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