Winner and loser of the week in Fla politics
Winner of the week: Political consultantsand TV stations: Two gazillionaires already pumping millions of dollars in TV ads, open races for every statewide office, and high stakes ballot initiatives including Hometown Democracy and redistricting reform - it all ads up to a mighty lucrative year for political pros and the stations airing their ads. Runner up: state Rep. Darryl Rouson, whose bong ban won the governor's signature.
Loser of the week: Lawton “Bud” Chiles. The son of the late governor, sounding poised to jump into the Democratic primary for governor, last week fired off a news release blasting the state for entering into a $250,000 contract with the Tampa-based environmental consulting firm WRS Compass, to help counties respond to the Gulf Oil spill. A “glaring example of why Florida’s pay-to-play political system is in desperate need of reform,” fumed Chiles, noting the WRS CEO Kathleen Shanahan used to be Dick Cheney’s chief of staff. Turns out, though, WRS has a long track record of getting state contracts - starting under the Lawton Chiles administration. Runners up: J.D. Alexander and David Rivera. The districts of these Charlie Crist detractors took serious hits from Crist's veto pen.