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Winner and loser of the week



Sansom1 Winner of the week: Former state House Speaker Ray Sansom. Perhaps it's wrong to mislead colleagues, voters and taxpayers and hide in the state budget a $6 million airplane hangar project benefitting a friend and top Republican donor. But a circuit judge ruled that it's not illegal, and dropped an official misconduct charge against Sansom. Runner up: Marco Rubio, now a contendah

Loser of the week: Attorney General Bill McCollum: The Republican gubernatorial candidate not only was again outraised by Democrat Alex Sink - and gave Paula Dockery Mccoll2  
every reason to jump into a primary - but he wins the prize for the most inept roll out of fundraising totals Florida has seen in a long time. We still don't know (UPDATE: It's $853,000)  how much McCollum raised because the campaign kept trying to inflate/obfuscate his total by including in-kind donations and state party funds. And it doesn't exactly instill confidence in McCollum that his campaign co-chairman, lobbyist Al Cardenas, recently was among those helping introduce Alex Sink to Washington donors.

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[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 2:22pm]


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