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Winner and loser of the week



Lennard 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. WeAmbler 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 Vcrist 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. 

[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 3:52pm]


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