Winner and loser of the week in Florida politics


Runner up winner: Blaise Ingoglia. The Florida GOP chairman would have faced a lot more scrutiny and questioning of his leadership had Karen Giorno been elected National Committeewoman Saturday, rather than Kathleen King of Manatee County.
Loser of the week
Rick Scott. Wasn’t our governor supposed to have lots of influence with his pal Donald Trump? Apparently, not enough to prevent the White House from ending oil drilling protections for the Sunshine State or even giving Scott a heads up. By the way, candidate Trump sounded unenthusiastic about more drilling when he gave his first Florida interview to the Tampa Bay Times in February, 2016: “It would be a little bit of a shame (to expand drilling closer to Florida), because there’s so much fracking, and there’s so much oil that we have now that we never thought possible,” he said then.

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