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For 2013, Marco Rubio is political loser, Rick Scott is the winner



Let's start with the year's political loser. The choice was easy: Sen. Marco Rubio.

His diminishment over the past 12 months has been so dramatic, it's easy to forget that he began 2013 consistently at the top of Republican polls of preferred 2016 presidential nominees, still widely viewed as the face of the GOP's future.

Winner of the year in Florida politics was a tougher pick. Not.

We could make a case for Charlie Crist, a lifelong Republican who already seems to have won the support of Florida Democrats. Or populist Republican Mike Fasano, who was appointed Pasco County tax collector mainly because Tallahassee Republicans wanted to muzzle him but he still wields tremendous influence.

But our political winner of 2013 is Gov. Rick Scott, who heads into a re-election year presiding over the lowest unemployment rate Florida has had in five years — 6.4 percent.

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[Last modified: Monday, December 23, 2013 9:05am]


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