Joe Henderson: David Straz strange run for Tampa Mayor puts faith in negativity

David Straz must have a lot of faith in the people guiding his campaign to be Tampa’s next Mayor.

I’m not just talking about the approximately $4 million he has spent from his considerable bank account in this quest. He won’t miss the money, and he is planning to spend a lot more.

However, the way he is spending that cash is curious at best. His continuing line of attack against opponent Jane Castor has been bizarre. He has run a dark, drab, and conspiracy-driven campaign against the former Police Chief, with little return on investment.

It’s worth noting that Straz voted for Donald Trump in 2016, but has said he regrets that. Still, he has run a Trump-like campaign — self-funded, filled with unsubstantiated charges, and attacking institutions like the media and local officials.

Every bit of logic says this is not the way to win an office like Tampa’s Mayor, but Straz remains consistent.

Consistently baffling, that is.

From the start, Straz has tried to appeal those who believe the current Mayor, Bob Buckhorn, has an unholy alliance with Tampa Bay Lightning owner Jeff Vinik. Whispering conspiracists have convinced each other the partnership

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