Crist picks LeMieux for Senate Seat

Today Governor Charlie Crist has appointed long time aide George LeMieux to fill Mel Martinez's US Senate seat.

In 2006 LeMieux ran Crist's campaign for Governor and later went on to become his chief of staff. 
Beth Reinhard from the Miami Herald had this to say:

"In choosing LeMieux, Crist signaled that personal loyalty and political instincts mattered more than any potential perception of cronyism.

What's more, the clean-cut, well-spoken, 40-year-old LeMieux could serve as an effective surrogate for Crist on the campaign trail."

Earlier this week Palm Beach County GOP Chair Sid Dinerstein likened Crist being LeMieux to "George Bush appointing Karl Rove."

Gay Update on LeMieux from the Miami Herald:

"In 1998, when LeMieux was challenging Democratic state Rep. Tracy Stafford for a Broward Congressional seat, he sought to siphon off votes from the district's gay community in Fort Lauderdale and Wilton Manor.

LeMieux told Steve Bousquet (back then of the Herald, now of theTimes/Herald) in September 1998 that gay couples in Florida should be allowed to adopt children. He also said he favored domestic partnership laws to extend health care and other benefits enjoyed by married couples. He said unmarried partners should be permitted to be listed as beneficiaries on insurance policies.

LeMieux said he opposed gay marriage, but said he was willing to let voters have the final say in a referendum.

"Marriage is a fundamental kind of institution," LeMieux said. "If you're going to have such a significant change, I think the people would have to speak on it."


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