Winner of the week 1
Donald Trump. Okay, so our president seemed last week to have more appreciation for Vladimir Putin than U.S. intellgence services. He also showed what a mighty political force he remains for Florida Republicans, with multiple polls now showing that since President Trump endorsed him for governor, Ron DeSantis has soared into a double digit lead over Adam Putnam.
Winners of the week 2
Dave Aronberg, Sherry Plymale. The Democratic Palm Beach state attorney and Republican member of the Constitution Revision Commission, filed ethics complaints against eight write-in candidates who, through a widely loathed loophole, restrict voter participation in state elections. It's about time these phony candidates feel some heat for anti-democratic games.
Losers of the week
Rick Kriseman and Kevin King. St. Pete's mayor long ago shrugged off his longtime consigliere's 2001 arrest on charges that he solicited a teenage girl for sex. (Criminal charges were expunged from court files.) Kriseman has brushed off his chief of staff's knack for antagonizing people throughout Tampa Bay. Now, come allegations that King "preys" on homeless black men.