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Is Charlie Crist a Republican?
By Chris Ingram
George LeMieux will be Florida’s next (un-elected) United States Senator, following the announcement of Florida Governor Charlie Crist earlier today.
As readers of my column know, in February I predicted Mel Martinez’ resignation and expected Crist to appoint himself to the position – given his decades-old yearning for the U.S. Senate. I held onto this minority view until the end. Readers may remember I pledged to eat a can of Star Kist Tuna (you know, the brand with the “Sorry Charlie” moniker) if he didn’t pick himself.
I maintain picking himself would have been a brilliant move because Chuckles could have gotten out of Dodge before any bad hurricanes hit this season (which have the potential to bankrupt the state), and before the state of our economy and real estate markets further tank.
I think he picked LeMieux because he didn’t want me to be right! (Just kidding of course.)
In picking LeMieux Too-Tan Charlie selected a relative unknown (at least to the general population) who has little, if any political baggage. LeMieux was King Charles’ campaign brain trust and then became his chief of staff before heading for higher pay as a Tallahassee attorney and quasi lobbyist.
Other than that, LeMieux brings Charlie his trust. For Charlie he’s about as close to a brother as one can get without having the same DNA. He’s someone he can trust who won’t upstage him. He’ll consider every vote with an eye out for how it may impact the Chuckster. And most importantly, Sir Charles must believe that Prince George won’t decide he likes the U.S. Senate so much that he wants to stay and ends up running against him. As for all the other characters Charlie “interviewed” for the job, they’re all politicians and despite whatever reassurances they may have made to only serve as a care-taker of Mel Martinez’ remaining term, there would have been lingering doubt in Mr. Tan Man’s mind that they would renege. (Remember, they’re all career politicians which mean they cannot be trusted).
So LeMieux will serve for a little over year and become an asterisk in the history of the U.S. Senate. He’s an empty canvas ready to be painted by the Crist for Senate campaign. Not much is known about his beliefs, but he says he is “…a Charlie Crist Republican.” Whatever the hell that means. I guess we’ll see a lot of Sen. LeMieux licking his finger and holding it up in the air to see which way the wind blows.
That’s what Charlie does.
Chris Ingram is the president and founder of 411 Communications a corporate and political communications firm, and publisher of www.IrreverentView.com. Ingram is a frequent pundit on Fox News and CNN, and has written opinion columns for the Washington Times, UPI, Front Page Florida, and National Review online. E-mail him at: Chris@411Communications.net.