LeMieux enters Florida Senate race
April 5th, 2011
08:56 AM ET
11 years ago

LeMieux enters Florida Senate race

Washington (CNN) - Former Sen. George LeMieux announced Tuesday that he will join the Florida Senate race and seek to reclaim his old job.

The Republican made his announcement on a Florida radio station.

"For too long, politicians have made the easy choice and refused to do anything about our overspending," LeMieux said in a statement. "Florida needs another common sense voice to join Senator Rubio in Washington and put this country back on track.”

LeMieux is one of three Republicans hoping to unseat Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson in 2012. State Senate President Mike Haridopolos has already entered the race, and former state Rep. Adam Hasner is expected to run.

"Bill Nelson, like most career politicians, is part of the problem," LeMieux said. "Year in and year out, Bill Nelson has voted for bloated budgets, bigger bureaucracy, higher taxes, and has driven government into nearly every aspect of our lives."

LeMieux was appointed to the Senate in August 2009 by then-Gov. Charlie Crist to serve out the remainder of Mel Martinez's term after the Republican senator retired. LeMieux left the Senate in January to make way for Rubio, who defeated Crist and former Rep. Kendrick Meek.

LeMieux was a longtime Crist adviser before joining the Senate, but he gradually distanced himself from his former boss in 2010 after it became clear that Rubio's small-government conservative message was more in step with the Republican electorate.

Filed under: 2012 • Florida • George LeMieux
soundoff (15 Responses)
  1. Mattski

    George LeMieux, career politician, accuses Bill Nelson of being a career politician.

    April 5, 2011 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  2. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    My God! We just got rid of this moron. He thinks that we need to give our millionaire friends more tax cuts, and eliminate all government regulations. Gov. Crist made a huge mistake by appointing him senator. Unlike George, Bill Nelson knows what is best for Florida.

    April 5, 2011 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  3. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    As much as I hate to say it, LeMeiux makes California resident Rep. Connie Mack look like a viable candidate for Florida senate.

    April 5, 2011 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  4. LA, LA, LA

    Rubio, common sense? Yeah Florida, you need another republican liked you needed Scott for governor.

    April 5, 2011 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  5. The Real Tom Paine

    Lets see.....a long-time( possibly career?) aide to Charlie Crist is talking about how bad Bill Nelson is because he is a career politician? Thats like a bartender talking about the evils of alcohol. This also smacks of naked opportunism by someone who got a taste of what its like in DC, and now has Potomac Fever.

    April 5, 2011 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  6. T'sah from Virginia

    2012 is unlikely the time to try and UNSEAT a Democrat..........PERIOD!!

    April 5, 2011 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  7. José

    Are these republicans STILL running that old con about 'getting government out of our lives'? WE ARE THE GOVERNMENT! Without Government, Corporations would ruin the planet, as they are already doing, but at a much faster pace. Do you think a CEO who is unaccountable to regular non-stockholders is going to give a rat's patooty about you? NOPE! Only through government does every voter have a voice. Get rid of government, and we have a Fascist regime. Which is exactly what Koch Industries is trying and has been trying to build since the 1920's. And luckily for them, Americans are too stupid to see it coming, so I hope the Republicans DO take over and finish what Osama Bin Laden couldn't.

    April 5, 2011 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  8. Rudy NYC

    This should be interesting if there is still a Tea Party. Sorry Democrats, there will be. There will be. You see, someone wants voters to believe that 2/3 of the country are conservatives: case in point: look, 2 of 3 "major" political parties are conservative. The Tea Party ain't going away. Sorry Democrats. You are still losing the rhetoric battle, always 2 steps behind.

    Let's see if Lemieux will make a full throat endorsement of the Tea Party, Rubio did. Let's see which contender Rubio will pick to endorse, and which contender the Tea Party and the GOP will endorse. I wonder how well he will do if he distances himself from the Tea Party, assuming they that will be pretty much the same as they are today.

    April 5, 2011 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  9. ConservaFascists/FUBAR

    These republicans and their talking points are so lame. They claim that they're against bigger government, then once they get into office, they go far and beyond bigger government.

    April 5, 2011 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  10. rick

    Oh no,another Florida Blunder. Are all the "Elderly Folks in Florida Rich? Surely Not? Those of you that are Not, Good Luck. Your going to need it.

    April 5, 2011 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  11. mgc florida

    Sorry George, I am currently a republican on standby. After voting for Scott and Rubio who have both disappointed me, I will no longer support republicans as long as they cater to the tea party. A group that refuses to compromise is to extremist for me. Divided government is about compromise. I am not interested in idiology particularly when you claim to want limited government yet you want to intrude into the personal lives of people...ie a woman's right to choose etc. So I am on strike and will vote democrate until the party of lincoln regains its senses.

    April 5, 2011 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  12. Adalbert

    This is just what we need. One more bozo in the US Senate.

    April 5, 2011 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  13. Proud member of "Global Zero"

    Coming from Florida...I will do everything in my power to NOT let this happen. One republican is enough. Senator Nelson, we have your back.

    April 5, 2011 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  14. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    When you see the word "former" in front of a Republicans name, run for the hills as they all come up with the same line "to put this country back on track" after they ran it into the ditch. Republicans always talk about less government but they sure like keeping their hands in the taxpayer cookie jar and they keep coming back for more.

    April 5, 2011 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  15. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Doesn't like career politicians, huh? Then what is he doing? Why would he run for the Senate after being out of it? Maybe he just wants power!

    April 5, 2011 10:27 am at 10:27 am |