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Crist Staff Changes: Hello Eric, Goodbye George

December 6th, 2007 by flanews

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

George is an exceptional man,” Gov. Crist said. “I cant say enough good things about my friend George LeMieux. Its bittersweet today, because Erics ascension is very sweet. Georges departure is difficult. But I love you, George.

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

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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