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Winner and loser of the week in Fla politics



Adam_putnam Winner of the week: Adam Putnam

The Republican congressman from Bartow was always the frontrunner for commissioner of agriculture, but the exit of state Sen. Carey Baker from the Republican primary, means he can focus on the general election. Runner up: Deveron Deveron Gibbons. Revenge is sweet, and  Gibbons got his -- sticking the knife into his old ally, St. Pete Mayor Rick Baker by aggressively helping defeat Baker's bid for president of St. Petersburg College. Unfortunately for Gibbons, his blatant bitterness over Baker not endorsing Gibbons for mayor will do nothing to help Gibbons' next campaign.

Delmar Loser of the week: Delmar Johnson. The former Florida GOP executive director may be laughing his way to the bank, but today nobody is more radioactive in Florida politics than Johnson. Charlie Crist's former field organizer had a secret contract, under which the state GOP paid the 30-year-old Johnson more than $400,000 last year. Donors and party officials are livid, and scratching the heads about what's happened to the once venerable state party. Runners up: RPOF Treasurer Joel Pate and Assistant Treasurer Allen Miller. Don't wory, everything's peachy, they kept assuring fellow party leaders  asking about party finances. Gotta wonder: Were these guys more interested in protecting donors' money or Jim Greer?

[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 12:18pm]


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