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From the staff of the Tampa Bay Times

Winner and loser of the week in Fla politics



nancyreaganrubio.jpgWinner of the week: Marco Rubio. More impressive than the speech he gave at the Reagan Library in California last week was Rubio escorting a frail Nancy Reagan to her seat and then — living up to his GOP messiah image — catching her as she stumbled and nearly hit the floor. How many other vice presidential contenders can say they snatched Nancy Reagan from the jaws of a broken hip? Runner up: Adam Hasner: Endorsements from the likes of Allan Bense, Sally Bradshaw and Kathleen Shanahan. A poll showing him tied with George LeMieux. Damaging stories about Mike McCalister. Hasner should be feeling good.

Loser of the week: Mike McCalister*: The Stolen Valor group questioning Mike McCalister's militarymccal.jpg record has drawn real blood. Veterans are popping up left and right to publicly declare him a paper-pushing phony.

*The more local print version of Buzz went with St Pete Mayor Bill Foster.


[Last modified: Sunday, August 28, 2011 4:08pm]


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