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Winner and loser of the week in Fla politics

marriott.jpgWinner of the week: Massachusetts Republicans. Nobody thinks Mitt Romney has a prayer of carrying his home state of Massachusetts in November, but his delegation still scored the most convenient hotel for thescottcuba.png Republican National Convention in Tampa — the Tampa Marriott Waterside. The bad news for Mitt? Not since Woodrow Wilson in 1916 has a presidential candidate lost his home state and still won the White House.

Loser of the week: Rick Scott. Pandering to Cuban-Americans in Miami is hardly rocket science. But our governor, who sometimes seems more clueless about Florida than most tourists, managed to botch his efforts big time. He gathered Cuban-American leaders for a photo-op signing of a bill prohibiting taxpayers from hiring firms that do business with Cuba or Syria. Then he blindsided them by issuing a signing statement declaring it unenforceable.

[Last modified: Sunday, May 6, 2012 11:36am]


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