Loser of the week: Bill McCollum.
Poor McCollum. First his expectations for an effortless primary were dashed when megarich businessman Rick Scott came out of nowhere and started spending tens of millions of dollars on his outsider gubernatorial campaign. Now an appeals court has knocked out McCollum's best — and perhaps last — hope for overtaking Scott by tossing out the Florida public financing system that was poised to
deliver McCollum roughly $2 million.
Runnerup: Bud Chiles.
The independent gubernatorial candidate also loses badly from the public financing ruling, and last week yet another poll showed the former governor's son drawing equally from Republicans and Democrats. At this rate, he's not even relevant as a potential spoiler for Alex Sink.
Loser of the week II: Rick Scott. By all rights the Republican gubernatorial front-runner should be the obvious winner of the week. But how can we call him a winner when he seems afraid to hold even one statewide televised debate with McCollum?