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Winner and loser of the week in Fla politics



Winner of the week

Charlie Crist's fan. It's back. That floor fan Crist relies on to keep the perspiration away during public appearances was fully back in the game last week as Crist was all over national TV promoting his new book, The Party's Over: How the Extreme Right Hijacked the GOP and I Became a Democrat. And the fan didn't even have to work hard given the softball questions lobbed by Bill O'Reilly and Piers Morgan. We'll see how it goes Tuesday night with Stephen Colbert.

Loser of the week

Ken Detzner. The secretary of state who praised his boss Gov. Rick Scott for refusing to extend early voting hours to alleviate huge lines in November 2012 has again taken the narrowest possible interpretation of the law to reject the use of the University of Florida's student union as an early voting site. Detzner, who seems to constantly have Republican and Democratic elections officials shaking their heads, is making a real name for himself when it comes to encouraging democratic participation. Think Katherine Harris without the glamor, Vladimir Putin without the pecs.

[Last modified: Sunday, February 9, 2014 2:54pm]


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