House candidate jabs at attorneys
Trey Stroud, a GOP candidate for the District 60 state House seat, makes this pitch in a recent handout: "You will be glad to know I am neither a lawyer nor career politician." When asked why voters might be glad to know that, he said this: "I am a first-time candidate with no strings attached." Stroud said he doesn't have anything against attorneys, there are just too many of them running government. "People from all walks of life, all different careers, should represent people," said Stroud, a marketing consultant for Verizon Wireless who is a few credits shy of an associate's degree. Stroud said the comment wasn't directed at any opponent in particular.
But candidate Shawn Harrison, a Republican attorney who served eight years on Tampa City Council, believes the jab was directed at him. His response? "I'm not going to go after anybody because of their educational background or their career," he said, noting that in addition to being a lawyer who won two terms to elected office, he's a small-business owner who employs 25 people.