Election Day Recap: The Dark Side Wins While the Meek Soldier On
With one of the most brutal primary elections in the bag, it's time to sift through the carnage. Let's start with the winners.
The Dark Side of the Force: Using $50 million of his own money, tea party favorite
Darth Sideous Rick Scott powered his way past Bill McCollum to win the Republican Party nomination for governor. The multimillionaire candidate and former owner of the country's most scandalous healthcare company celebrated by shooting blue lighting from his fingertips at a cardboard cut-out of Alex Sink, his Democratic opponent in the November general election.
Carrie Meek's baby boy: In the first real political dogfight of his career, Congressman Kendrick Meek outlasted party yacht tycoon and carpetbagger Jeff Greene to win the Democratic Party nomination for U.S. Senate. But Meek can't really enjoy his victory considering he is still running behind Republican Party nominee Marco Rubio and Gov. Charlie Crist.
Actor Steven Bauer: Manolo from Scarface threw his chips behind David Rivera, the former budget chairman of the state house of representatives. The Que Pasa U.S.A star helped Rivera raise political contributions this past April. Now the pair can concentrate on how to rub out Democratic Party nominee Joe Garcia in the battle for Florida's 25th congressional district.
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The DDLP franchise: In the bruising state senate race to replace Alex Diaz de la Portilla, older brother Miguel knocked out state Rep. Julio Robiana from South Miami. This means the Diaz de la Portilla boys and their snazzy suits won't have to look for jobs as extras in the upcoming HBO series Boardwalk Empire.
County Commission's Unbeaten Streak: Jose "Pepe" Diaz and Javier Souto coasted to victory, extending the county commissioners' unbeaten streak for at least another three months. Commissioner Dorrin Rolle will face Jean Monestime in a run-off this November.
And the losers:
Annette Taddeo's Credibility: Two years ago the Colombian American businesswoman made a big splash by taking on Congresswoman Ilena Ros-Lehtinen. You would think her experience running in a national race would have made her the front-runner to replace retiring county Commissioner Katy Sorenson. Yet despite raising the most money in a field of nine candidates and employing local election guru Steve Marin, Taddeo couldn't even make the run-off.
Deadbeats recommended by the Miami Herald: Kevin Burns, who abandoned a bid for the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate to run for a state senate seat, was pulverized by millionaire senior citizen and lifetime politician Gwen Margolis. Meanwhile, Joe Celestin came in third behind Jean Monestime and incumbent Dorrin Rolle in the district 2 county commission race.
Haitian Americans: When Kendrick Meek decided to run for U.S. Senate, four prominent Haitian Americans threw their hats into the race for Florida's District 17 congressional seat. Many observers felt one of them had a good chance to become the first Haitian American elected to Congress and finally give a voice to the ravaged nation's immigrants at the Federal level. But Fredrica Wilson, aka the Hat Lady, put a damper on those plans with her resounding victory.
Solomon Stinson: Before announcing his retirement, the longtime school board member anointed public schools administrator Ronda Vangates as his successor. She lost to former state representative Dorothy Bendross-Mindingall.
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