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Crist Staff Changes: Hello Eric, Goodbye George

December 6th, 2007 by flanews

One of Governor Charlie Cristís most trusted advisers is stepping down.† Chief of staff George LeMieux is returning to private law practice at the end of the year.† Heíll be succeeded by current deputy chief Eric Eikenberg.† LeMieux has been Cristís right-hand man for 5 years, dating back to the governorís days as Attorney General.† LeMieux was instrumental in negotiating the recent gambling compact with the Seminole Tribe.

ďGeorge is an exceptional man,” Gov. Crist said.† “I canít say enough good things about my friend George LeMieux.† Itís bittersweet today, because Ericís ascension is very sweet.† Georgeís departure is difficult.† But I love you, George.Ē

ďIíve had 20 years of good experiences in the past 5,” LeMieux said.† “And Iím humbled and honored by it.† Today is a tough day, but itís the right thing to do for my family and for my career.Ē

Eikenberg takes over in January.† The 31-year-old served 4 years as chief of staff for former U.S. Representative Clay Shaw, Jr.

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