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From the staff of the Tampa Bay Times

Winner and loser of the week in Fla politics



Winner of the week

Laurel Geller’s brisket. Expected gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist charmed his way through south Florida Democratic activists last week, and after Rosh Hashana services at a temple, dined at the home of former state Senate Democratic leader Steve Geller and wife Laurel. Mrs. Geller “cooked an amazingly delicious brisket, which I thoroughly enjoyed,” said Crist, which is high praise from a guy who barely eats.

Loser of the week

Allison Tant. Florida’s Democratic Chairwoman is openly warring with state Rep. Darryl Rouson, D-St. Petersburg, over his leadership of state House campaigns. She’s still stinging from endorsing a CFO candidate who quit about 30 seconds after announcing because of bankruptcy revelations. And last week her staff giddily announced their latest exciting speaker for the upcoming state party conference: an obscure state senator from Ohio. This does not appear to be a well oiled political machine.

[Last modified: Sunday, September 8, 2013 3:42pm]


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