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Winner and loser of the week in Fla politics



Winner of the week

Charlie Crist. It wasn't a surprise, but Alex Sink's announcement that she won't run for governor is nonetheless a gift to Crist. Barring an unexpectedly tough primary challenge from Nan Rich, Crist can maintain his sunny, upbeat image without having to spend much money taking on a formidable primary rival like Sink.

Loser of the week

Amanda Murphy. Pasco County's most popular politician, Republican Tax Collector Mike Fasano, announced he won't endorse anyone in the special election to replace him in the Florida House. Many people saw signs Fasano, an independent-minded Republican, was poised to endorse the Democrat, which would have been a giant boost. Still, it speaks volumes that Fasano is not endorsing fellow Republican Bill Gunter, pastor of his close pal and speaker-to-be Richard Corcoran.

[Last modified: Sunday, September 22, 2013 10:19pm]


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