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LeMieux Next US Senator

August 28th, 2009 by Mike Vasilinda

George LeMieux, a long time friend and advisor to Governor Charlie Crist, will be Floridas next US Senator. Crist made the appointment this morning after two weeks of interviews across the state. As Mike Vasilinda tells us, the choice is not without critics.

The announcement was made in the Historic Old Capitols Senate Chambers. It was here that US Senators were chosen by lawmakers before the people got to choose in 1913.

I want you to know that I am very happy for my friend and I am extremely happy for my state because I know that George LeMieux will serve as a United States senator in a way that will make all of us proud and grateful,” Crist said.

Responding to a thunderous round of applause, LeMieuxs little son covered his ears.

George LeMieux made it clear, he wont seek the seat in 2010, an election Charlie Crist is hoping to win.

Its a tremendous honor and responsibility to do well for the people. Max, Taylor, and Chase mean everything to me and Ill be thinking about them everyday when Im in Washington trying to do well for the people,” LeMieux said.

Critics argue Crist has added to his campaign team at taxpayers expense, and that its almost as if the Governor had appointed himself.

Hes his own man and hes a great man,” Crist said.

Theres a reason he didnt.

Nine governors have chosen to appoint themselves to a vacant senate seat. Only one of them was able to keep it.

Vivian Mrytetus worked with both before and after the gubernatorial election.

Someone commented today, they finish each others sentences.

Ive seen it happen on more than one occasion,” Myrtetus said.

Few doubt LeMieux is qualified. And he is the person Charlie Crist could trust most not to want the job at the next election.

The governor interviewed 10 people for the job. One, Congressman Bill Young of St. Pete, said no, leaving nine other contenders.

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