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Winner and loser of the week in Fla politics



Winner of the week: J.D. Alexander. The Republican state senator from Lake Wales, had the back bone to say what most other legislators were whispering and call out Gov. Rick Scott for his disdain for the legislative branch. The Senate Budget chief politely reminded the governor that Florida actually has a state Constutution, and whether it’s selling state planes or killing high speed rail, he can’t unilaterally do whatever he wants with state money without legislative authority. Runner up: Pam Iorio. The economy's in the tank and pessimism about the country and state remains high. Yet a St. Petersburg Times poll found 61 percent of Tampa voters think the city's heading in the right direction. Mojo. The outgoing mayor has done something right.

Loser of the weekGeorge LeMieux and Mike Haridopolos. Likely U.S. Senate candidate George LeMieux was a big cheerleader for the high speed rail project now trashed by Rick Scott and tea party conservatives, aka likely primary voters. Awkward. Meanwhile, U.S. Senate candidate and Florida Senate President Mike Haridopolos first let 26 of his Senate colleagues send a letter rebuking Scott for killing the rail project, and the next day flip flopped on his own support for the project, congratulating Scott for the decision. Not exactly a profile in courage. Runner up: David Rivera: Drip. Drip. Drip.

[Last modified: Sunday, February 20, 2011 9:10pm]


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