Winner and loser of the week
Winner of the week: Kendrick Meek. The Miami congressman showed his confident tenacity last week, jumping into the U.S. Senate race while other Democrats sat on the sidelines nervously waiting to see what Alex Sink does. A pal of Bill and Hillary Rodham Clinton, Meek has some heavy-hitter Clinton fundraisers in his corner, including Chris Korge and Ira Leesfield of Miami, and has Barack Obama’s deputy national campaign manager, Steve Hildebrand, leading his Senate campaign.
Loser of the week: State Rep. Bill Galvano. The respected Bradenton Republican is in a no-win situation as House rules chairman when it comes to considering an ethics complaint filed with the House against Speaker Ray Sansom. If he dismisses it, the investigation will be seen as a whitewash. If he finds probable cause, critics will say Galvano, who lost his own bid for speaker to Sansom, is positioning himself.