Should banker-philanthropist David A. Straz Jr. get into the next mayoral race–and the signs are more than manifest that he’s very seriously considering it–he will be more than a viable candidate. He could be the political pre-season pick if he decides to go all in. He has business acumen, money, connections, likeability and credibility.
This wouldn’t be a next-step, political career move for an up-and-comer. This could be the next national step in a maturing, redefining city’s growth and realization of potential.
And Straz, it should also be well noted, has a refreshing, enlightened-self-interest take on Tampa’s relationship with Cuba, one that has been missing in action at City Hall for too long.