Winner of the week
Gov. Ron DeSantis. Can anyone remember a Florida governor starting off with a better, more consequential first week in office than this guy? Even Democrats were applauding the conservative new governor whose remarkably busy week included naming the first Cuban American woman to the Florida Supreme Court, visiting and shining a spotlight on the continuing struggles of hurricane-ravaged north Florida communities, pardoning the Groveland Four, issuing sweeping environmental reforms and suspending assorted local officials. Oh, and he had an emergency landing in St. Petersburg, too. Runner up: Sarasota Republicans. The new chairman of the Florida GOP is Sarasota's Joe Gruters. The new vice chairman of the GOP is Sarasota's Christian Ziegler.
Loser of the week
Sen. Rick Scott. Florida's new senator, in contrast, seemed to go out of his way to leave Tallahassee looking like a jerk. As federal employees worried about paying their bills during the shutdown, Scott held a black tie ball hours after taking office in which donors were asked to donate up to $100,000 to his political committee. He snubbed the new governor by A) making dozens of last minute appointments that should have been left to DeSantis. B) Bolting early from DeSantis' inauguration, as if his private plane had an unbreakable take-off schedule. C) Even throwing a last-minute bash in the governor's mansion where the DeSantis family had already moved in. Money doesn't buy class.
Runner up. Broward County. Both the Elections supervisor, Brenda Snipes, and Sheriff, Scott Israel, have been suspended from office in six weeks. Broward the state capital of incompetence.