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Winner and loser of the week in Fla politics

Winner of the week

C.W. Bill Young. To the shock of many, the 22-term Pinellas congressman announced his retirement last week, leading to a flood of lavish and bipartisan praise for all he has done for the Tampa Bay area.

Loser of the week

Jessica Ehrlich. The St. Petersburg Democrat has been running for the seat for nearly three years, but Young's announcement had almost no fellow Democrats suggesting Ehrlich would now be the likely nominee. And would it have killed Ehrlich to offer up one "Thanks for your service, Bill" comment about Young, before crowing about his departure and asking for more campaign donations?

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