Winner and loser of the week in Fla politics
Winner of the week: Kathy Castor. The Tampa congresswoman's district is so heavily Democratic she never looked to be in serious trouble. Still, Republican Hillsborough County Commissioner Mark Sharpe would have made it interesting, and his decision to scrap his campaign means Castor won't even have to break a sweat winning a third term.
Loser of the week: Jim Norman. He averted criminal prosecution, but the ethics cloud hanging over state Sen. Norman, R-Tampa, isn't going away. The Florida Commission on Ethics last week found probable cause that Norman failed to disclose that Ralph Hughes, the late Hillsborough conservative activist, gave his wife a $500,000 gift used to buy a lakefront home in Arkansas.