Loser and Winner of the Week
Alex Leary, Tampa Bay Times Washington Bureau Chief
Loser of the week 1
Gov. Rick Scott. He lost co-finance chairman Mike Fernandez, who in resigning dumped a pile of dirty laundry about the internal operations of the campaign, while leveling the charge that campaign staffers faked Mexican accents on route to Chipotle. What Hispanic vote? The campaign denied that, but the damage was done; Democrats feasted all week.
Loser of the week 2
Lt. Gov. Carlos López-Cantera. This is not what he signed up for: having to deflect questions about what a powerful Cuban-American businessman had to say about the alleged Mexican accent incident. “There’s no validity that we can find to any of those comments, or what was written,” he said. Even if that were the case, it’s highly awkward for López-Cantera, who is supposed to help Scott with Hispanics.