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LeMieux to challenge Nelson in 2012?


By James Call

Tallahassee, FL – Former U.S. Senator George Le Meiux says he will decide soon whether he will be a candidate for the Senate in 2012. James Call reports, LeMieux received a warm welcome from the Capital City Republican Club Wednesday.

Former Governor Charlie Crist had appointed LeMeiux to serve the final 15 months of Mel Martinez's term as Senator. LeMeiux had worked for Crist in the Attorney General and Governor's office. But, the Capital City Republican Club backed Marco Rubio when he challenged Crist for the GOP Senate nomination. And Wednesday, LeMeiux was less than five minutes into his talk when he established his credentials as a Capital City Republican. It came in his description of the first time he walked onto the floor of the U.S. Senate.

"And in that moment I felt the responsibility. I felt the weight. IT was not lost on me that Florida only gets two senators. And there was going to be only one of those senators who was going to be upholding our values."

That was a reference to U.S. Senator Bill Nelson. The only current Democrat elected statewide. Republicans are lining up to challenge Nelson in 2012. Several club members encouraged LeMeiux to enter the race. He indicated he may decide within a couple of months.