Winner and loser of the week in Fla politics
Winner of the week
Amanda Murphy. A lot of people want to draw sweeping conclusions from Murphy's special election victory Tuesday in Pasco County's House District 36. Is the election of a Democrat a bad sign for Rick Scott? Does it cement Mike Fasano's role as Pasco kingmaker? We take a simpler view: Murphy was a better candidate who more suits her Pasco constituency.
Loser of the week
Stephen Ross. The owner of the Miami Dolphins can't seem to win. In May, Ross failed to get state money to rehab Sun Life Stadium and loudly blamed House Speaker Will Weatherford. This month, he inexplicably pumped $75,000 into the Pasco race to support Weatherford's preferred candidate, Bill Gunter (that will show Weatherford). And then, Gunter loses