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Winner and loser of the week in Fla politics



Charlie-crist Winner of the week: Charlie Crist. Okay, so Crist raised less than one-third as much money as Marco Rubio did so far this year, he had to bat down widespread speculation that he may drop out of the primary and run as an independent, and he infuriated some fellow Republicans by vetoing a "leadership fund" bill and backpedaling on his support for the controversial teacher tenure bill. But we're viewing the glass as one-quarter full rather than three-quarters empty: Charlie Crist also happened to look this week like a leader — a player in the doings in Tallahassee and a governor actively engaged in the debate — which has not been the norm for Crist. Runners up: Tom Lee, Ken Pruitt, Johnnie Byrd, and anyone else who held a GOP AmEx card prior to late 2006. John Thrasher says the internal review of spending will  be limited to the Jim Greer years as GOP Chair, so the rest of you can take a deep breath. For now.Haridop

Loser of the week: Senate President-designate Mike Haridopolos. At a time when the Florida GOP is reeling in criminal investigations of party leaders and top donors and every week brings new accounts of obscene party spending, Haridopolos thought the timing was perfect to start allowing fundraising slush funds for legislative leaders. He was so mad about Crist's veto, you'd have thought his taxpayer-funded university job had been cut from the budget.

[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 11:27am]


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