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Winner and loser of the week in Florida politics

Published Feb. 12, 2017

Winner of the week

Rick Scott. The governor will be able to appoint the next Republican nominees for CFO and, probably for attorney general, after current CFO Jeff Atwater steps down for Florida Atlantic University gig, and Attorney General Pam Bondi, probably, moves to a Trump administration gig. That's a huge gift for a likely Senate candidate to be able to hand-pick people with whom to share the ballot.

Loser of the week

Bill Nelson. Florida's Democratic Senior senator is nothing if not cautious, and he faces a lose-lose choice with Trump's nomination of Neil Gorsuch as he heads toward a re-election campaign: Voting to confirm Neil Gorsuch would infuriate up a liberal base he needs to stay fired up, and voting against such a well-qualified judge invites attacks from the left painting him as out of step with centrist Florida.

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