Winner(s) and loser of the year in Fla politics
Winner(s) of 2010: Nine months ago, almost nobody had heard of Rick Scott, and those who had tended to recall he led a company that admitted to record-setting Medicare fraud. Riding an anti-establishment wave and spending more than $70 million of his own money, Scott not only knocked off the anointed GOP nominee for governor, Bill McCollum, but took down Democrat Alex Sink in the general election. Scott has to share political winner of the year status with the 2009 winner, Marco Rubio. Against all odds, Rubio not only knocked Charlie Crist out of the Republican Party and went on to crush him by nearly 20 points in the U.S. Senate race, but he also starts 2011 as one of the country's brightest Republican lights.
Loser of 2010: So many choices. Crist, McCollum, Sink — each is a worthy contender. But none of them wound up in jail, charged with theft, money laundering and scheming to defraud. Former Republican Party of Florida chairman Jim Greer, the man who used to see himself as future national chairman or at least a future U.S. representative, had one lousy 2010.