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Florida Governor Charlie Crist Picks George Lemieux to Replace Senator Mel Martinez  
Florida Governor Charlie Crist appointed George LeMieux to replace outgoing Florida Senator Mel Martinez.


LeMieux served as deputy attorney general under Crist and left that job to run Crist's 2006 campaign for governor.  Once elected, Crist picked LeMieux to serve as chief of staff.  LeMieux left the position in December 2007 and has since worked for the Tallahassee law firm Gunster, Yoakley & Stewart.

LeMieux was born and raised in Broward County and was twice elected the county's Republican Party chairman.  In 1998, he unsuccessfully ran for a state House seat.

In 2001, as Broward County party chairman, George LeMieux took issue with a Republican club's meeting notice, which touted a statewide effort to recruit pro-choice candidates.  The notice was distributed via e-mail to 1,500 Republican activists.  A handful complained that the e-mail implied the party favors abortion rights, and women who don't shouldn't run for office.

LeMieux responded with his own e-mail, emphasizing the party is officially opposed to abortion and announcing a crackdown on party communications.

Category: Legislation
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