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Winner and loser of the week in Fla politics

Thurman Winner of the week: Karen Thurman. The national current is pushing against Democrats, but the low-profile Florida Democratic chairwoman can count her blessings that she never allowed staffers and elected officials to take out party-backed credit cards, as Florida GOP leaders did for years. Is it so hard to simply file reimbursement invoices you can explain? The RPOF's AmEx cards - a practice the pre-dates Jim Greer - is the gift that keeps on giving to Florida Democrats

Loser of the week: Marco Rubio. Jeb Bush, after trashing Charlie Crist for months, finally endorsed Maarco Rubio for Senate. Yawn. It may be short-lived, but last week nonpartisan candidate Crist was looking like a serious contender in polls for the first time in months. Meanwhile Rubio was flip-flopping over whether he liked Arizona's hard line approach to immigration. Last we heard, he liked it.

[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 10:36am]


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