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Winner and loser of the week in Fla politics




WINNER OF THE WEEK: Marco Rubio. His political skills were on full display with a charm offensive aimed at selling immigration reform to some of the most skeptical conservative media figures. He's also tamping down his reputation as a senator who plays it safe.

rubionyt.jpgLOSER OF THE WEEK: Florida tea partiers. They helped launch Rubio and Rick Scott in 2010, but both politicians are turning their backs on conservative purists, with the governor throwing money at Florida teachers and Rubio embracing an immigration plan that smacks of amnesty to some critics. Florida's tea party? So 2010.

[Last modified: Sunday, February 3, 2013 4:17pm]


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