by Javier Manjarres
Florida’s Republican U.S. Senate primary race continues to take interesting turns on an almost regular basis. Last week, Florida Senate President Mike Haridopolos had a forgettable ‘moment’ during a radio show interview which led to the show’s host to literally hang up on him. Haridopolos then caught more flak for playing a balancing game on his support for the Ryan Medicare measure, finally indicating that he would not support the measure as it was currently written. Candidate Mike McCallister, a former military man, is running a stealth campaign, so stealthy that he has not been heard from in weeks; and Adam Hasner has been chugging across the state meeting with potential supporters, but in a recent poll of the four candidates in the race, Hasner came in dead last.
The latest twist in the Senate race is the announcement by former Senator George LeMieux that he has brought on Peter Rummell as his finance chairman. This is a very peculiar selection, as Rummell played a big part in helping Democrat Alvin Brown win the Jacksonville Mayor’s race last month, raising $300,000 for his campaign coffers. It is no secret that Brown was backed by the Obama Administration, and President Obama’s acolytes- Organizing for America played a big role in Brown’s victory, not to mention that the involvement theFlorida Democrat Party and it’s political jugernaut Erik Jotkoff had in the victory.
LeMieux has been trying to shake the stigma that he is a squishy Republican in the mold of Charlie Crist, and he has been overtly running as the only conservative Republican with a track record and the “only person in the race that can beat Senator Bill Nelson,” according to LeMieux.
Will this latest selection by LeMieux only further reinforce the notion held by many conservative activists that he is an opportunistic squish who will form alliances with anyone in order to advance his political career?