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Winner and loser of the week

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September

Greercard Winner of the week: State GOP Chairman Jim Greer. Congratulations to Greer for overwhelmingly winning election as mayor of Crazy Town. Greer used to boast about Florida Republicans replacing "divisive partisan rhetoric with common-sense solutions." This week’s common sense solution? Slamming the president for trying "to indoctrinate America's children to his socialist agenda" by addressing school children. Greer loves getting on national TV, and his over-the-top press release put him all over the cable talk shows - and helped take the heat and attention off Charlie Crist’s appointment of George LeMieux to the U.S. Senate. He probably also was responsible for prompting the Department of Education to remove an idiotic lesson plan for students to write about what they can do to help the president. Wonder how many swing voters Greer won over.

Loser of the week: Democratic consultant Mitch Kates. No Tampa Bay political consultant in recent years has received more glowing publicity than Kates Kates. The former professional wrestler was the architect behind the winning campaigns of state Sen. Charlie Justice, Tampa City Council member Mary Mulhern, and Hillsborough County Commissioner Kevin Beckner. This year he landed St Pete mayoral candidate Scott Wagman, who pumped in more than $170,000 of his own money and far outspent everyone else. Kates put heavy emphasis on social networking and fancy internet bells and whistles and with stunning tackiness publicly laughed at Kathleen Ford and Bill Foster for waving campaign signs - days before they won and Kate’s candidate finished in fourth place.

[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 3:16pm]

    

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