Winner and loser of the week in Florida politics
Winner of the week
Stephanie Murphy. The little-known Rollins College business professor has emerged as one of the brightest stars in the Democratic Party’s long-shot effort to win back a majority of the U.S. House. Operatives on both sides say she has decent shot of unseating U.S. Rep. John Mica, R-Winter Park, a 12-term incumbent.
Loser of the week
Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. The sleaziest TV spot we’ve seen on Florida TV this year comes courtesy of the DCCC, which doctored two photos to make it appear Republican U.S. Rep. David Jolly was shaking hands with Donald Trump. Jolly, a frequent critic of Trump, has never met the guy, unlike his challenger, Charlie Crist, for whom Trump hosted several fundraisers in the past. Crist last week declined to criticize the ad.