Winner and loser of the week in Fla politics
Winner of the week: Rod Smith. The former lieutenant governor candidate appears to have locked up the votes and scared away any serious challenge to his campaign to become the next Florida Democratic chairman. Of course, the former prosecutor and state senator from Alachua may regret it once he finds himself refereeing petty disputes among dysfunctional local parties. But for someone lacking a significant geographic base, winning over die-hard party activists could be just the ticket for, say, mounting a gubernatorial campaign in 2014.
Loser of the week: The Republican Party of Florida. Here's how the party's new emphasis on transparency works: First they get a subpoena from federal investigators and keep it hush-hush even from executive board members. Then, when the press finds out, the party bosses say it's no big deal and decline to comment. Finally, they reluctantly own up to it.