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Winner and loser of the week in Fla politics



bitn.jpgWinner of the week: David Bitner. Lou Gehrig's disease is forcing the Florida Republican Party chairman to step down earlier than he expected or hoped. It's hard to imagine how he could have faced the battle while leading the party with more grace, dignity and grit.


Loser of the week: George LeMieux. Former state GOP chairman Jim Greer, awaiting trial and accused of using alem.jpg secret straw company to steal tens of thousands of dollars from the party, went on local TV last week to say LeMieux was the one who came up with the idea for that company. Hogwash, LeMieux responds. Either way, it's the last thing LeMieux wants to be explaining amid a tough Republican U.S. Senate primary

[Last modified: Sunday, September 4, 2011 12:57pm]


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