Winner and loser of the week in Florida politics
Winner of the week
Karen Giorno. The former aide to Rick Scott and Laura Bush in recent months has been promoted from Florida director of the Donald Trump campaign to political director for the southeast to, last week, senior adviser on Trump's national team and chief Florida adviser.
Loser of the week
Joseph Bensmihen. The new transplant to St. Petersburg from Palm Beach County is running as a Republican for state House but in a particularly cringe-inducing moment at a Suncoast Tiger Bay meeting last week was unable to name a single member of the Pinellas County Commission or a good restaurant on Fourth Street other than Chick-fil-A.