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Winner and loser of the week in Florida politics



Winner of the week

Andrew Gillum. The little-known 37-year-old mayor of Tallahassee may seem like a longshot for governor, but as the crowd of white Democrats looking at running grows (Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn, former U.S. Rep. Gwen Graham, Orlando businessman Chris King, Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine, lawyer John Morgan of Orlando, among them) the odds of anAfrican-American candidate winning the primary where 30 percent of the voters are black seems not so bleak.

Loser of the week

Richard Corcoran. The problem for politicians holding themselves as holier-than-though ideological purists is that they tend to be vulnerable to hypocrisy charges. So when Florida House Speaker Corcoran -- the ultimate Tallahassee political insider casting himself as a warrior against Tallahassee insiders -- bars the public and press from attending a meeting of Republican legislators viewing a taxpayer-funded video, his claim to be a champion of transparency rings hollow.

[Last modified: Monday, February 20, 2017 7:30am]


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