Adam Goodman joined host Rob Lorei on WEDU’s Florida This Week to discuss state political issues including calls for a federal inquiry into St. Petersberg sewage spills, aquifer water contaminated by a phosphate mine, the Jolly vs. Crist debate, and Pam Bondi’s statement that she has no regrets over taking a donation from the Trump Foundation.
Goodman joined co-panelists Amy Hollyfield, Deputy Managing Editor of politics at the Tampa Bay Times; Barry Edwards, a Democratic political consultant; and Joe Brown, freelance writer.
Goodman called upon St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman to stop assigning blame for the sewage crisis and start seeking solutions and explanations. Kriseman says a report warning of potential sewage release under immense rainfall never reached him or his staff after details of the report were released to the public.
“First, he blamed Mayor Baker,” said Goodman. Baker was Mayor of St. Petersburg from 2006 – 2010 and created an investment of $175 million in a new, state-of-the-art sewage treatment system for the city.
“Then he blamed this misinformation on poor communication… and finally he’s throwing long-time public servants under the bus as some kind of explanation for what happened,” said Goodman. “This is not leadership. In a crisis, you’re supposed to get information on the table, especially those things that affect public health, and it all begins in my opinion, with leadership at the top.”
Goodman also addressed Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi’s statement that she does not regret her decision to accept a donation for her election fund from the Trump Foundation while Trump University was under investigation.
Goodman clarified that in the six years that Bondi has been Attorney General, over 800,000 consumer complaints have been filed, and that only one of them concerned Trump University.
“The fact that it did not rise immediately to the level of Attorney General is clear, and it’s absurd that it wouldn’t,” said Goodman. “I think her integrity speaks for itself, and I think that the story, when it all comes out – probably after the Presidential election because it was all about smoke-screening for the Clinton Foundation issue when it became national – I think we’re going to find there’s nothing here.”
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