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Winners and winners of the week in Fla politics




 Only winners this week.





Winners of the week: Connie Mack. Phew. CFO Jeff Atwater took a pass on running for U.S. Senate, leaving Mack as the heavy frontrunner, despite much of the political elites in Florida viewing the Mack's campaign as amateur hour.

State Sen. JD Alexander. Showing what brute, parochial power politics is all about, the state senator rolled over critics to create a 12th university in a tough budget year. Gov. Rick Scott, no longer a force against business as usual in Tallahassee, signed the bill late Friday.

U.S. Rep. David Rivera. The Miami Republican may still carry the stench of political sleaze, but state prosecutors concluded ambiguities in Florida law prevent them from prosecuting him for allegedly raising tens of thousands of dollars without disclosing income spending it on seemingly living off of political donations and payments.

Keith Fitzgerald. The former state representative from Florida is looking increasingly like a serious challenger to U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan. The DCCC has reserved $2.5-million in TV time in the Tampa market and in the first quarter of the year Fitzgerald actually raised more money than Buchanan - $291,000 to $234,000. Buchanan remains the favorite but apparently sensing the threat loaned his campaign another $250,000.



[Last modified: Sunday, April 22, 2012 8:30pm]


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