Behind-the-scenes fight affects U.S. Attorney nomination
TALLAHASSEE — A bitter and personal war of words is dominating the search for a new U.S. Attorney for Florida's Middle District, which stretches across 34 counties, including the Tampa Bay area.
At the center of the battle is veteran Jacksonville prosecutor Harry Shorstein, one of three nominees submitted to President Barack Obama for Central Florida's top federal prosecutor job.
The battle began with a letter sent by former Jacksonville mayor John Delaney, a prominent Republican who is now president of the University of North Florida. The letter accused Shorstein of misconduct that includes vindictive investigations and mismanaged prosecutions. Delaney contends that Shorstein is opposed by the entire law enforcement community in Northeast Florida. (story here)
And click here for backstory on Sen. George LeMieux's involvement. LeMieux told the St. Petersburg Times today that he had been contacted by Delaney about Shorstein but denied he has worked to block him as a nominee.