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Winner and loser of the week in Fla politics



Peterman Winner of the week: Frank Peterman. The Department of Juvenile Justice secretary is amazingly lucky he only has to reimburse taxpayers $25,000 for dubious travel expenses, rather than getting fired from his $120,000 job. While most Floridians were tightening their belts Peterman, according to a state investigation, was billing them to travel often to his hometown where he kept a “not robust” work schedule. Nice gig.

Loser of the week: Marco Rubio. At his largest ever news conference with the Florida press last week, a defensive Rubio dodged question after question about his actions as House Speaker, about his Ruubio employment, about high speed rail, about stimulus, about the state GOP. Strong fundraising and poll numbers make him poised to be the frontrunner for the GOP U.S. Senate nomination. He’d better ramp up his game as a spotlight grows.

[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 12:16pm]


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