Winner and Loser of the Week in Florida politics — Week of 5.7.23

Carlos Irizarry doesn’t know when to quit.

As documented by the Orlando Sentinel, Irizarry is facing charges regarding alleged campaign finance violations after a rival Osceola County Commission candidate accused him of being a “ghost candidate.”

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement announced the set of 14 charges this past week. That puts the spotlight on Irizarry, who was allegedly paid to enter the race. (What is it with Central Florida and “ghost candidate” scandals?)

“In eight reports, Irizarry reported false campaign expenditures and lied about charitable donations made by the campaign,” the FDLE release announcing the charges said.  “After the

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