Winner and loser of the week in Fla politics
Winner of the week: The Florida Education Association. Charlie Crist’s veto of the controversial teacher tenure bill showed more than we’ve seen in a long time that teachers remain a potent political force in Florida - even more, for now, than Jeb Bush. It’s been many years - maybe the last time lawmakers pushed revamping teacher tenure in 1997 - since the main teachers union in Florida scored such a major win.
Loser of the week: Bill McCollum. Just as it started to look like the Republican attorney general could coast to the GOP gubernatorial nomination and perhaps past Democrat Alex Sink in the general election, a sudden roadblock emerged: multi-millionaire Republican health care executive Rick Scott of Naples, who immediately invested $1.5-million on TV ads and started scoffing at career politicians. If that Scott investment rises to $7- to $10-million, McCollum could have a problem. And if it rises to $15- to 20-million...Yikes. Runner up: Mike Haridopolos. It was painful to watch the Senate President-designate dissembling on CaputoCam - one of the best things to happen to the Tallahassee press coverage in years, by the way - about what he knew about Jim Greer's severance deal.