Skip Navigation

Close and don't show again.

Your browser is out of date.

You may not get the full experience here on National Journal.

Please upgrade your browser to any of the following supported browsers:

Reveal Navigation

LeMieux Enters Florida Senate Race LeMieux Enters Florida Senate Race LeMieux Enters Florida Senate Race LeMieux Enters Florida Se...

share
This ad will end in seconds
Close X

Not a member? Learn More »

Forget Your Password?

Don't have an account? Register »

Reveal Navigation

 

Politics

LeMieux Enters Florida Senate Race

April 5, 2011
Former Gov. Charlie Crist (I) appointed LeMieux to serve in the Senate in 2009 when Sen. Mel Martinez (R) left the Senate before his term was up. He served 16 months, and generally toed the conservative party line -- but despite those conservative credentials, he may have trouble shaking his affiliation with Crist. LeMieux was Crist's chief of staff before being appointed as senator, and famously said "I'm a Charlie Crist Republican," before being appointed. When Crist left the Republican Party to mount an independent run for Senate, LeMieux distanced himself from Crist just a day later, saying he was "saddened" by Crist's decision. "Our friendship runs deep, but my commitment to the principles of the Republican Party runs deeper," LeMieux said at the time. LeMieux recently defended his past relationship with Crist, saying, "When he walked away from the party and our policies, I didn't walk with him."
Get us in your feed.