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Winner and loser of the week in Fla politics



Winners of the week: Adam HasnerGeorge LeMieuxConnie Mack. The potential Republican U.S. Senate candidates showed it's sometimes wise to take your time jumping into a race and putting a target on your back. They are quietly laying the groundwork for campaigns, while already announced Mike Haridopolos, the Florida Senate president, is having to explain why Florida taxpayers paid him $152,000 to pen a political science textbook that is less sophisticated than School House Rock's Bill sitting on Capitol Hill.

Losers of the week:

Botox, hair dye, and charm. Former Tampa Mayor Dick Greco had all of them in spades, and was widely seen as the heavy favorite to be elected mayor of Tampa yet again. It turned out that Tampa voters wanted to turn the page forward, not backward. His gracious concession highlighted why he'll always be a popular giant in his community.

[Last modified: Sunday, March 6, 2011 2:02pm]


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