Winner and loser of the week
Winner of the week: Karen Thurman, who increasingly looks like a shoo-in for re-election as state Democratic chairwoman on Dec. 20. Her cup runneth over lately when it comes to ammunition to cast Florida Republican leaders as out of touch amid Florida's economic crisis -- Ray Sansom's jobs and budgetary largesse, Charlie Crist's European trip expenses and Jim Greer's spa bills, to name a few.
Loser of the month: Ray Sansom: Loser of the week doesn't seem to suffice for the House Speaker, who has had the rockiest debut of any Florida House speaker in modern history. His hometown paper, the Destin Log: "Sansom is a state lawmaker working a second job at a state institution over which he has legislative influence. That arrangement invites too many questions of propriety. Sansom must decide which is more important — the speakership or the job at the college. He shouldn't do both. The choice should be obvious."
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