Winner and loser of the week in Fla politics
Winner of the week: David Rivera. The Miami congressman mired in ethics controversies and investigations had been a top target of Democrats, who now can't seem to find a candidate. State Rep. Luis Garcia dropped out the race to run for County Commission after accusing national Democrats of trying to recruit another candidate, former Miami-Dade Mayor Alex Penelas.
Loser of the week: Rick Baker. The passage of time is not helping the former St. Petersburg mayor's image. First we learn of his administration's mysteriously waiving $200,000 in impact fees for a developer. Then the city sues its investment advisers and depicts the supposedly hands-on mayor as detached and clueless over the city's investments.