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Winner and loser of the week



Jeffk Winner of the week: Lt. Gov. Jeff Kottkamp. Not only are potential Republican attorney general rivals like state Rep. Bill Galvano, R-Bradenton, taking a pass on running for attorney general, but the low profile lieutenant governor finally has some company as a statewide official under scrutiny for questionable travel expenses billed to taxpayers. Kottkamp has faced blistering publicity for his travel bills, but last week Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink and Attorney General Bill McCollum, also were on the defensive about travel expenses.A big difference, though, is that McCollum and Sink, are travelling at taxpayer expense for jobs that matter, while Kottkamp has yet to demonstrate his does.

Loser of the week: Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink. The Democratic gubernatorial candidate’s image Asink as tough fiscal watchdog took a hit with revalations that she billed taxpayers more than $400,000 for using state planes, including for detours to accommodate her husband. Nor did she sound like much of a straight shooter before addressing a builders’ group when Sink said she couldn’t recall how she voted on the Amendment 1 property tax plan in 2008. Plus she had to ax a couple fundraising co-hosts from a Miami campaign event after questions about their controversial backgrounds.

[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 3:49pm]


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