Shorstein out of running for US Attorney
Former Jacksonville prosecutor Harry Shorstein has been eliminated from consideration in a bitter contest to become the next U.S. Attorney in Florida’s Middle District.
Officials involved in the selection say a background investigation of Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert O’Neill of Tampais now underway and will determine whether he gets the presidential nomination for the post.
Shorstein and O’Neill have both come under attack from political enemies since they were nominated for the job last summer.
”I was sad and frankly a little bothered by how long this took and the way it happened,’’ said Bill McBride, a Tampa lawyer who was on the committed that selected the nominees.
McBride served in the U.S. Marines and went to law school with Shorstein and says the attacks on his character were “just flat wrong.’’
A longtime state attorney now in private practice, Shorstein was notified last week that he is no longer in consideration.