Winner and loser of the week
Winner of the week: Florida Power & Light. In the midst of a public relations crisis over its huge rate increase request, lavish spending on salaries and corporate jets, cozy socializing with regulators, Florida's largest utility received a giant hug from President Obama. Visiting FP&L's new solar power plant and hailing a $200-million stimulus grant to the company, Obama called it "a company that is doing well by doing good. I think it's a model for what we can do all across the country."
Loser(s) of the week: U.S. Reps. Alan Grayson, D-Orlando, and Ginny Brown-Waite, R-Brooksville. Grayson's latest attention-grabbing stunt was to call a Federal Reserve adviser and former lobbyist a "K Street Whore." Brown-Waite's was insist Barack Obama seek Congressional approval before accepting the Nobel Peace Prize financial reward he intends to give to charity. Remember guys, Florida voters tend to prefer safe and dull politicians to those positioning themselves on the wingnut fringes.