Winner and loser of the week in Fla politics
Winner of the week
Rick Baker. The former St. Petersburg mayor left office four years ago, but his stature locally has only grown by comparison to incumbent Mayor Bill Foster and challenger Rick Kriseman. And it was clear that had he wanted to run for Congress, GOP leaders from Washington to Tallahassee to Pinellas would have worked to cleare the field for him.
Winner of the week II
Alex Sink. The 2010 Democratic gubernatorial candidate decided against running again for governor, but Democrats have welcomed the Hillsborough County resident with open arms to run for the Pinellas congressional seat held for more than four decades by the late Republican C.W. Bill Young. In less than 48 hours, Sink raised more than $100,000 online.