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Winner and loser of the week in Florida politics



luisgarcia.jpgWinner of the week: Luis Garcia.

The Democratic state representative from Miami said Wednesday he would challenge U.S. Rep. David Rivera, and a day later the Miami Herald reported that federal investigators had opened a second criminal probe of Rivera, examining undisclosed payments from a Miami gambling enterprise to a company tied to the legislator. Rivera's fundraising has already suffered as a result of the controversy.

west.jpgLoser of the week: Allen West.

The tooth-bearing e-mail he fired off to fellow U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, who criticized him during debate over a debt-cutting bill, earned him plenty of ridicule, including a spot on The Colbert Report. West used the incident to rally his conservative base — and to raise money.

[Last modified: Sunday, July 24, 2011 9:47am]


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