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Winners & Losers 10/11/12

WINNER

Mitt Romney
The Republican presidential nominee needed a boost to his floundering campaign. The first presidential debate galvanized his supporters and gave him a chance to act presidential, even if it appears Romney was a little loose with the facts about his proposed initiatives. Sometimes it doesn’t matter what you say, just how you say it.

Ed Turner
The long-time Board of Trustees member for the Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind was recently recognized for his 31 years of service. During his tenure, Turner led the board in various positions to include Board chair and vice chair. He steered the Board’s Endowment Investment Committee, as the chair, in developing and implementing the school’s investment policies to ensure scholarships were available for graduates to continue with advanced education opportunities and supported significant student activities each school year.

Cherry Fitch
The former principal of Gulf Breeze High School won a seat on the Gulf Breeze City Council last month when no one else filed to run against her. Fitch has served Gulf Breeze for 33 years as a teacher, guidance counselor, assistant principal and principal of Gulf Breeze High School.  She has worked as a realtor for Levin-Rinke Resort Realty since retirement.

LOSER

Big Bird
The lovable muppet has been targeted by the conservative Republicans. First, he can’t produce a birth certificate. He is part of Mitt Romney’s 47 percent with 15 percent of his network’s budget coming from the federal government. There are also reports that his coworker, the Count, is an undocumented worker from parts unknown.

Jack Welch
The former General Electric suggested on Oct. 5 on Twitter that the White House somehow lowered the rate to 7.8 percent to give the president a boost. “Unbelievable jobs numbers … these Chicago guys will do anything … can’t debate so change numbers,” he tweeted. Ever since Pres. Nixon tried to cook the books 40 years ago, safeguards have been in place to prevent such manipulations. Who knew Welch knew how to tweet?

Florida Republican Party
In an unprecedented move, three Florida Supreme Court judges, R. Fred Lewis, Barbara Pariente and Peggy Quince have been targeted for removal by the state Republican Party. Every six years the justices face retention-vote process, a vote that is usually routine. Why? Because the trio dared to reject a poorly worded state constitutional amendment that would have allowed Florida to opt-out of the new federal health care law.