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Hardball in the barber's chair

The next time Gov. Rick Scott claims to be not just another politician, consider the case of Carl the barber.

Carl Troup served on the state Barbers' Board, and he was reappointed by Scott's predecessor in October. Scott withdrew Troup's application along with dozens of other unconfirmed appointees in February. Other new governors have done the same thing, and Scott made a number of reappointments to various state regulatory boards. But not Troup.

The St. Petersburg barber received a cursory interview by telephone last month about the barbering law, then was told several days later that he would not be reappointed. Troup was in line to become president of the National Association of Barber Boards of America, but now he loses his spot on that board as well since he is no longer a member of the state board.

Scott reappointed two other men to the Barbers' Board. But not Troup.

For years, Troup has cut former Gov. Charlie Crist's hair. The only way Scott is different from other Tallahassee insiders is that his determination to play hardball politics extends all the way down to Carl the barber.

Hardball in the barber's chair 07/05/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, July 5, 2011 6:01pm]
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