Winner and loser of the week
Winner of the week: Jim Greer. Fresh off his his landslide re-election as Florida Republican chairman, Jim Greer scored another big win Friday when Michael Steele was elected as the first African-American Republican National Committee chairman. Greer endorsed Steele when he was an underdog, and served as his whip during the vote. Not only does he have an indebted friend at the top of the RNC, but last week Ray Sansom’s stepping down as House Speaker diminished a massive cloud over the Florida GOP.
Loser of the week: Rick Baker. The popular Republican St Petersburg mayor in his final year looked like a serious prospect for statewide office, if only the right one opened up. But first Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink decided to seek re-election, and now Attorney General Bill McCollum is following her lead. Suddenly, a cushy administrative job at St. Petersburg College is surely looking more appealing to hizzoner, as Baker’s future political prospects dim.