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Winner(s) and loser of the week in Fla politics



Winners of the week

David Jolly. Remarkably, the little-known lobbyist and former aide to the late C.W. Bill Young looks likely to avoid a serious GOP primary challenge to succeed Young.

Cesar Fernandez. Having last year led the successful and tough state Senate campaign of Jeff Clemens, D-Lake Worth, and now the successful mayoral campaign of Rick Kriseman, the 24-year-old Fernandez has emerged as the newest hotshot Democratic operative in Florida.

Loser of the week

George LeMieux. Charlie Crist transformed George LeMieux from an obscure and unsuccessful political candidate into a wealthy former U.S. senator. So you might think a grateful LeMieux would keep quiet about his disappointment in his old friend becoming a Democratic candidate. No such class. LeMieux instead was first in line to publicly trash the man to whom he owes so much. We're reminded of something veteran GOP strategist J.M. "Mac" Stipanovich said a couple of years ago: "George LeMieux is a Mount Everest of ambition shoehorned into a molehill of a man."

[Last modified: Monday, November 11, 2013 3:43pm]


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