Winner and loser of the week in Florida politics

Brett Doster, far left on election night
Brett Doster, far left on election night
Published Dec. 17, 2017

Winner of the week
Rick Scott. The governor and likely U.S. Senate challenger to Bill Nelson, likely will face tough headwinds with unpopular Donald Trump in the White House in 2018. But at least he won't have to contend with constant questions about Republicans putting a suspected predator of teen girls, Roy Moore, in the U.S. Senate.

Loser of the week
Brett Doster. One of Florida's most respected political operatives, a longtime Jeb Bush acolyte, Doster recently moved to principle-free, Crazy Town as a senior adviser to Moore's unsuccessful senate campaign in Alabama. Here's how Doster responded at one point to a query from the Washington Post, whose impeccable reporting exposed Moore's fondness for very young women:

"The Washington Post is a worthless piece of crap that has gone out of its way to railroad Roy Moore. There is no need for anyone at the Washington Post to ever reach out to the Roy Moore campaign again because we will not respond to anyone from the Post now or in the future."

Yikes. We'd offer up another quote from Ben Franklin: "It takes many good deeds to build a good reputation, and only one bad one to lose it."