Winner and loser of the week
Winner of the week: Marion Hammer. Just when it seems the National Rifle Association has achieved every conceivable victory in Tallahassee, its veteran Florida lobbyist pulls off another one. Gov. Crist last week axed the Legislature's plan to pull money out of a concealed weapons trust fund. The moral? It's okay to raid trust funds for affordable housing or children's health care, but don't mess with concealed weapons.
Loser of the week: Kevin Ambler. The Tampa Republican, mulling a campaign for attorney general or state Senate, last week accused State Attorney Willie Meggs of trying to convict an innocent man — his old housemate, former House Speaker Ray Sansom — because maybe Meggs wants to run for higher office. (He doesn't). Ambler named a bunch of key witnesses Meggs should have called to the grand jury (most of whom had been called). Days later, the same grand jury further indicted Sansom for perjury.