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Winner and loser of the week




Winner of the week: Jeb Bush. The former governor showed his political might among conservatives when former state House Speaker John Thrasher won a tough, competitive and widely watched special election for state senate Tuesday. By all accounts Bush’s endorsement was crucial in that northeast Florida district, a sharp contrast to Charlie Crist’s endorsement of Deveron Gibbons for St. Petersburg mayor which appeared to be zero help to the third-place finisher. Imagine what a Jeb endorsement could do for Marco Rubio?

Loser of the week: Pat Bean. Is Hillsborough County Administrator trying to force PatBean  commissioners to fire her from her $214,000 job? At a time when the county is cutting millions in expenses, she approves a $2,100 bonus for herself. "I didn’t use the best judgment," she said in the understatement of the century.

Loser runner up: Florida trial lawyers who in the Senate District 8 tried and failed to send a message they they can take out any politician who crosses them. What's that expression about payback?

[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 2:18pm]


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