Winner of the week
Ashley Moody.While almost no sane Floridian is paying attention to the 2018 race for attorney general this far out, former Hillsborough Circuit Judge Ashley Moody is crushing the “invisible primary” by pulling in money and early political support. Last week, U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Pensacola, endorsed Moody, joining every sheriff in the Tampa Bay area, current Attorney General Pam Bondi and several state prosecutors. Her Republican primary rival, state Rep. Jay Fant of Jacksonville, has raised $179,000 through August and spent $23,000, while Moody has raised nearly $756,000 and spent $22,000. The only Democrat running, Tampa lawyer and political newcomer Ryan Torrens, has raised $34,000 and spent nearly $21,000.
Loser of the week
Rick Scott.His early performance as an on-the-ball disaster management governor took some hits amid scrutiny of his record. It’s tougher to position yourself as the model of storm readiness after you’ve eased off on Florida’s tough building standards, seen Florida’s deficit of special needs emergency shelter spots double under your watch and cut oversight of nursing homes in the years leading up to 10 patients dying during Irma.