A breakfast table was the setting for a radio ad for the Montgomery, Ala., Nov. 2 mayoral election. The husband asked about challenger Bobby Bright. “Didn’t you know?” the wife responded acidly. “He’s a trial lawyer. He sues people for a living.”

In Louisiana, at about the same time, the governor was endorsing a Republican by attacking the Democrat as a trial lawyer, a group that the chief executive likened to swine.