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Winner and loser of the week



Crist Winner of the week: Charlie Crist. Raising an eye-popping $4.3-million for his Republican U.S. Senate campaign, Gov. Charlie Crist surely quelled what had been the growing buzz about the threat from Republican Marco Rubio.

Loser of the week: Carol Browner. For years Lawton Chiles' old Department Browner of Environmental Protection Secretary has been talked about as a potential statwide candidate in Florida. But Browner stuck around Washington instead and now that she's President Obama's energy csar she looks increasingly like a conflicted creature of the beltway: Her husband lobbied for firms pushing to drill near Florida's coast, and now Republican congressman James Sensenbrenner of Wisconsin is questioning her transparency amid reports that Browner's people pushed auto executives to "put nothing in writing, ever," as they hammered out plans to increase fuel standards.

[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 3:51pm]


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