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Winner and loser of the week in Fla politics



fitzgerald.jpgWinner of the week: Keith Fitzgerald. The former Democratic state representative running against U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-Sarasota, received plenty of ammunition to question Buchanan's fitness for the job last week. While Buchanan declared himself "completely exonerated" by a Federal Election Commission report about alleged illegal campaign contributions, the report cast serious doubts on Buchanan's truthfulness and his compliance with federal law. What's more, the House Committee on Ethics announced it was extending an investigation into the fundraising activities of Buchanan, who already faced a separate inquiry by the U.S. Justice Department.

Loser of the week: No one. Come on, it's Christmas. No losers.

[Last modified: Sunday, December 25, 2011 9:14pm]


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