Winner and Loser of the Week in Florida politics — Week of 9.5.21


When Will Weatherford’s time as Florida House Speaker ended, he didn’t fade away. He threw himself into building a business, helping his wife raise four children, and helping the Tampa Bay community in high-profile ways that don’t involve an elected office.

“Ever since I came out of office as Speaker, I’ve looked for ways to serve,” he told me in an interview last January when he and Derrick Brooks were co-chairs of the Tampa Bay Super Bowl LV Host Committee.

“And I thought, what better way to give back and help showcase the community of Tampa Bay than the Super Bowl. Little did I know at the time what all that would mean.”

It meant a lot, and you can say the same about Weatherford’s involvement with the University of South Florida. As the trustee board chair, Weatherford will help lead the search for a new USF president.

But, as usual, he didn’t stop there.

He dropped a bombshell announcement last Wednesday at the groundbreaking…

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