Winner and loser of the week
Winner of the week: Earl Lennard. The former Hillsborough schools superintendent beat out a crowded field of candidates to win Charlie Crist’s appointment as the county’s new elections chief. Crist won too, picking a Republican to succeed the late Democratic supervisor Phyllis Busansky without tapping a partisan figure.
Loser(s) of the week: State Rep. Kevin Ambler and state Sen. Victor Crist. We have a tie this week with two sitting state legislators from Tampa Bay snubbed by their party leaders: Gov. Crist passed over Sen. Crist for the $132,000 elections job. Meanwhile incoming senate president Mike Haridopolos and two other top Republican senate leaders -J.D. Alexander Lake Wales and Don Gaetz of Niceville- endorsed Hillsborough Commissioner Jim Norman over Ambler for Sen. Crist’s seat.