Even this Crist acolyte doesn’t understand how Rick Scott was the “Loser of the Week”

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Another week, another Adam Smith pick for “Loser of the Week in Florida politics” that leaves me scratching my head.

The Tampa Bay Times political editor gave Governor Rick Scott the infamous distinction, but even I, a self-professed acolyte of Charlie Crist who would like nothing better than to see Scott named “Loser of the Week in Florida politics” all fifty-two weeks of the year, don’t agree with Smith’s decision.

Yes, Scott did start off the week with a bungled roundtable aimed at publicly trashing Obamacare only to be surrounded by elderly supporters of the Affordable Care Act.

But Smith also thinks Scott was the LoW because a Quinnipiac poll showed that Scott hasn’t been able to move the needle much in his attempt to catch up with Charlie Crist. But that poll was highly flawed and should not be held against Scott.

The real reason Scott should not be the Loser of the Week was the positive press coverage the conclusion of the 2014 Legislative Session.

This is the what readers of the Miami Herald saw on Saturday.

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Likewise, readers of the Palm Beach Post saw this on Saturday.

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Readers of the Daytona Beach News Journal learned about this good news (for them) about Gov. Scott signing the stadium financing bill.

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With headlines like these, Gov. Scott was hardly the “Loser of the Week.”

Phil Ammann is a St. Petersburg-based journalist and blogger. With more than three decades of writing, editing and management experience, Phil produced material for both print and online, in addition to founding HRNewsDaily.com. His broad range includes covering news, local government and culture reviews for Patch.com, technical articles and profiles for BetterRVing Magazine and advice columns for a metaphysical website, among others. Phil has served as a contributor and production manager for SaintPetersBlog since 2013. He lives in St. Pete with his wife, visual artist Margaret Juul and can be reached at phil@floridapolitics.com and on Twitter @PhilAmmann.