Winner and loser of the week
Winner of the week: Senate President Jeff Atwater: Among the GOP leaders addressing journalists at a pre-session gathering last week, only the North Palm Beach Republican took off his rose-colored glasses to offer a thoughtful and substantive analysis of Florida's economic crisis. Gov. Charlie Crist spoke of his grandfather from Cyprus, and Ray Sansom assured everybody he's "clean." Atwater even said he supports a politically dicey review of sales tax exemptions: "I don't think I have the luxury of letting this moment pass again."
Loser of the week: Marco Rubio: The former GOP state House speaker from Miami has not even started running for the Senate, and a Quinnipiac University poll suggests more people dislike him than like him: 13 percent had a favorable view, 17 percent unfavorable, and 69 percent no opinion. In contrast, U.S. Rep. Connie Mack IV of Fort Myers had a 37-12 favorable/unfavorable rating, with 51 percent neutral.
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