Winner and Loser of the Week
Winner of the Week: Tom Lee. The Republican former state senate president from Brandon won a vindication of sorts from the Florida Supreme Court, which upheld the 2005 gift ban law he spearheaded to curb the perception that lawmakers were in the pocket of lobbyists. Too bad for him that law didn't help him much in his 2006 campaign for chief financial officer.
Loser of the Week: Bill McCollum. We have to admit, the Republican attorney general looks just fabulous in those TV ads featuring him warning parents about online sex offenders. Maybe it's because he spent $550 in taxpayer money on makeup for the $1.4-million ad campaign (with a no-bid contract for his campaign consultant) in what looks more like a political campaign ad than a public service spot.