Winner and loser of the week in Fla politics
Winner of the week: James Shields. The Rays pitcher was yanked after 41/3 innings for giving up four runs Thursday night in Game 2 of American League Division Series. But he looked like Cy Young compared to Charlie Crist, the former quarterback whose ceremonial first pitch went, oddly enough, wildly right — producing mocking video clips all over national television. We happened to see Crist just before that pitch and asked him what to expect. "A strike," the governor wrongly predicted.
Loser of the week: Bill McCollum. It's bad enough that most of the attorney general's fellow Republican politicians seem not to care one lick that McCollum won't endorse Rick Scott after saying he lacks the integrity to be governor. But then the chief law enforcement officer asks the Florida Commission on Ethics if he can quickly start lobbying the next governor's administration, and if it could keep his request anonymous. No on both counts, said the commission's staff.