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Tarantula-tossing candidate for Hennepin County Board responds to questions about whether she worked as an escort

Hennepin County Board candidate Marisa Simonetti said Thursday that none of the things that have recently landed her in headlines, including tossing a live tarantula at a tenant and allegations of fraud, are in conflict with her campaign themes of family values and being tough on crime.

"Life is messy. Nobody is perfect," Simonetti said in an interview with the Star Tribune. The Edina resident is continuing her run for the District 6 seat on the County Board while embracing her newfound notoriety, calling herself "tarantula tosser" in messages to supporters.

Simonetti's comments came a day after she was publicly questioned about whether she had worked as an escort. She declined to respond directly to questions about those allegations Thursday. Instead, she said: "People will have questions about that," Simonetti said. "It sure beats swiping on Tinder endlessly and having my time wasted by guys who want a free fun time. I've done absolutely nothing wrong and nothing to be ashamed of."


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