More fun and games in Florida GOP Senate race

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There's absolutely nothing new or timely about the press release, other than the fact that perhaps the Hasner team feels its important right now to remind the good folks of Florida, and in particular Republicans, that, oh yeah, don't let this LeMieux guy fool you - he's a 'Charlie Crist Republican' if there ever was one.


"George LeMieux only spent 16 months in the U.S. Senate, but he's already mastered the Washington art of political deception," said Hasner for Senate spokesman Douglass Mayer. "George LeMieux is campaigning around Florida downplaying his ties to Charlie Crist and distorting the truth about the nearly two decades he spent at Crist's side advocating for liberal policies within the Republican Party. But the video doesn't lie. He should come clean about the true amount of time he spent working for Charlie Crist, and his key role in pushing for felons voting rights, extreme global warming legislation, and other liberal policies that are contrary to his reinvented image as a 'true blue conservative.'"


The rest of the press release recites some golden oldie news clips that show the formerly close alliance of LeMieux with the now very unpopular governor in Florida GOP circles, the aforementioned Mr. Crist.


Then again, it is pretty legitimate. And LeMieux's running away from Crist to serve his own political needs can hardly be called honorable.


There remains a long time (over a year still) before Florida Republicans will make up their minds on who their candidate will be to oppose Democrat Bill Nelson. And CL thinks that nominee could end up being someone not even running right now, though don't ask who that person is - just that the vacuum seems to increase every day for someone (or two for that matter) to get into this race.

The Miami Herald's Marc Caputo has a very edgy report that was posted on the St. Pete Times Buzz Blog last night about the questioning of the military record of Mike McCallister, a Tea Party favorite who is actually leading in the most recent poll of Florida Republicans about their choice for the nomination for U.S. Senate (though a majority say they don't have a favorite at this early juncture).

While that controversy may or may not continue to unfold, the Adam Hasner folks this morning decided to drop a mini bomb on their favorite foe, former U.S. Senator George LeMieux.

The subject? The number one issue that makes LeMieux vulnerable in a RPOF primary these days - his connection to former Governor Charlie Crist.

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