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Crist names George LeMieux to U.S. Senate seat

August 28, 2009

   George LeMieux, left, is expected to be named by Gov. Charlie Crist to fill the seat of outgoing U.S. Sen. Mel Martinez.  This morning several sources have reported that Governor Charlie Crist will appoint his former chief of staff George LeMieux to the U.S. Senate seat soon to be vacated by Mel Martinez.

From the Miami Herald this morning:

The clean-cut, well-spoken, 40-year-old LeMieux could serve as an effective surrogate for Crist on the campaign trail. LeMieux was born and raised in Fort Lauderdale and served as chairman of the Broward Republican Party from 2000 to 2002.

The two men have been in lockstep since 2002, when Crist was elected Florida attorney general and made LeMieux his deputy. LeMieux went on to earn the nickname “the maestro” for orchestrating Crist’s successful gubernatorial campaign and served as his right-hand man for one year.

You can read the rest of the Herald’s report, here.

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