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Winner and loser of the week in Fla politics



ruubio.jpgWINNER OF THE WEEK: Marco Rubio. His vice presidential appeal took a hit with revelations that his parents left Cuba before Fidel Castro took office (fleeing Castro sounds a lot better than fleeing Batista), contrary to his official senate biography. But Rubio and his team did a virtuoso damage control job making him look like a victim after the Washington Post implied his family was not part of the exile community. Nothing like acting persecuted by the mainstream media to boost your conservative cred.

LOSER OF THE WEEK: Nevada. One of four states authorized by the national parties to hold early primaries and caucuses, Nevada - which no nevada.jpgone paid much attention to anyway - was forced to move its caucuses to mid-January after Florida snubbed the national GOP and set its primary for Jan. 31. The reaction? New Hampshire Secretary of State Bill Gardner objected to Nevada's date, cowed presidential contenders threatened to boycott the Silver State, and Nevada GOP leaders had to back down and switch their caucuses to Feb. 4. Now Florida is fourth in line.

[Last modified: Sunday, October 23, 2011 2:36pm]


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