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Senator George LeMieux Officially Announces 2012 U.S. Senate Bid

by Javier Manjarres

This morning, former U.S. Senator George LeMieux officially declared his run for Senate against Senator Bill Nelson in 2012. LeMieux was originally appointed by Governor Charlie Crist to complete the term of outgoing Senator Mel Martinez in 2009, and speculation had been building that he was going to run for Senate immediately after his term was complete. LeMieux enjoys somewhat of an early name recognition advantage over both Senate President Mike Haridopolos, who was first candidate to announce in the Senate race; and potential candidate former House Majority Leader Adam Hasner. While in the U.S. Senate, George LeMieux, aside from his support for the Food Safety Bill and the “TARP-2” community bank bailout bill, had a respectable voting record, and did not support earmarks of any kind.

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Javier Manjarres
Javier Manjarres

As the managing editor of The Shark Tank, Javier was awarded the 2011 CPAC Blogger of the Year. Countless videos and articles from the Shark Tank have been featured on Fox News, The Hill, Wall Street Journal, and other national news publications. Javier has also appeared on Univision’s “Al Punto” and numerous radio shows, including being the weekly 92.5 Fox News' DayBreak with Drew Steele political contributor, as well as one of NewsmaxTV's conservative commentators. Javier has also authored "BROWN PEOPLE," which is a book about Hispanic Politics. Learn more at

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  • AuH2O4Life

    Waste of time. Hasner’s got South Florida conservatives with him, and Haridopolis has the special interest money LeMieux’s lived off of his whole life. Plus do we really need to bring up the Charlie history. Skeletons aren’t the only things in that closet…

  • obamapotamus

    Not surprising, but still interesting. Watch for the media to do the same kind of water carrying they’ve done for Nelson with Haridopolos. God knows George has more baggage than Mike does. I mean come on, let’s all say ‘I’m a Charlie Crist Republican’ five times fast.

  • RedFL

    Go Hasner. George LeMieux may beg for special interest money from Washington, but you’re keeping your word to build a campaign on ideas, not special interest money. That’s EXACTLY what we need!

  • Florida Republican Voter

    LeMieux is nothing but a moderate Crist type of politician! Remember he was Charlie Crist’s right hand man! No more RINO’S!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Hasner! is the real Conservative!!

  • Harry Tsang

    Nice for you Javier to be the guy shooting for his announcement of candidacy! Seem you are just becoming more important everyday lol


    It’s still RINO Season, and he’s got a BIG TARGET on him!!! He was TRAITOR of the WEEK, the ONLY REPUBLICAN supporting TARP-2 and then giving speaches against it. He didn’t need earmarks, his target was the $BILLIONS for the TRAIN to nowhere. The Former CSX Lobbiest and CHARLIE appointee was pushing Globalist U.N. Agenda 21 and co-sponsored the “BELIGERENCE ACT” attempting to remove all inalienable rights from U.S. Citizens and bypassing Supreme Court Decisions. Look it up, it targeted U.S. Citizens and allowed for unlimited detention without recourse, no courts. He believes, “We the People” are peasants and should be treated as terrorists. He doesn’t deserve to hold any office of representation, not even that of a DOG CATCHER.

  • Michael Koga

    Congratulations George;

    count me in as one of your supporters. I appreciated what you did and said when last there and think that you deserve another term.

    respectively yours. Koga

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  • Beth

    Ron Rushing may be the candidate to watch in the U.S. Senate race for Florida. He’s no RINO! Check out his website and Facebook Page You may be pleasantly surprised with this “no name” candidate. His emphasis is on Solutions. As an engineer, this man has spent his whole adult life solving problems and implementing solutions.

  • Jasmine

    Colonel Mike McCalister is the only candidate that can stand up to Bill Nelson. No other Republican has the credentials. Check him out and tell your friends about him. He is a dynamic and charismatic speaker and has my vote.3Y2M

  • jay johnson

    GL is a RINO RINO RINO RINO RINO RINO. any questions ask his twin brother charlie crist.

  • Joseph

    If he is against Obama I’m on board. Senator Nelson is an Barack Hussein Obama crony and must go.

  • anne

    I do not understand how you can cut the deficit and taxes and expect the bottom line to become green instead of red! There is a huge discrepancy right now between the very rich and the rest of us. Taxing the wealthy would not change their life styles at all but only satisfy their avariciousness at the expense of all of us hovering on the brink of poverty because of unemployment and mortgage default. Stop with the self interest and vote your conscience!