weather unavailableweather unavailable
Make us your home page

The Buzz

From the staff of the Tampa Bay Times

Winner and loser of the week in Fla politics



Carroll Winner of the week: Diversity. Rick Scott's selection of Jennifer Carroll as his running mate highlighted an already noteworthy development this election season. Florida has a slate of statewide candidates that looks like the diverse state itself: a black U.S. Senate candidate (Kendrick Meek) and lieutenant governor candidate (Carroll); a Hispanic U.S. Senate candidate (Marco Rubio); four female candidates (Carroll, Alex Sink for governor, Pam Bondi for attorney general and Loranne Ausley for CFO); and a Jewish candidate for attorney general (Dan Gelber). Runner up: Kendrick Meek, for his his class act statement to the death of Marco Rubio's father (reprinted in the comments section). It's a reminder that two of these senate candidates - Rubio ancd Meek - do seem to respect one another.

Courthouse2_134464a Loser of the week: Marco Rubio

Controversy over the $48 million "Taj Mahal" courthouse in Tallahassee casts more clouds over Rubio's record of fiscal conservatism as Florida House speaker. Between Rubio budget chief Ray Sansom slipping $6 million in for an airplane hangar and the revelations about a lavish appeals court building, sure seems like some smelly and expensive budgetary wheeling and dealing occurred under Rubio's watch. Runner up: Debates/Florida voters. Both Charlie Crist and Rick Scott appear to be ready to dodge a bunch of televised debates this year.

[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 10:27am]


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours