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Winner and loser of the week



Deutch Winner of the Week: State Sen. Ted Deutch. It looks more and more like the first term Democratic legislator from Boca Raton will walk into the Congressional seat Robert Wexler is vacating to take a well-paid middle east policy advocate job. No serious rival has emerged, Wexler essentially hand-picked his successor for a heavily Democratic district the well-regarded Deutch can probably hold as long as he likes.

Loser of the week: Department of Juvenile Justice Secretary Frank Peterman. Peterman Spending $44,000 in taxpayer money on travel over two years? Much of it to and from your home area? Come on, Frank. Tighten your belt and fix your political antenna or your own six-figure state salary will be be in jeopardy. Maybe you need to let somebody else do your St. Pete preaching gig for awhile.

[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 1:06pm]


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