Crist Names Aide to Senate

LeMieux is the Florida governor's former chief of staff
By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 28, 2009 12:22 PM CDT
George LeMieux, left, and Gov. Charlie Crist.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Florida Governor Charlie Crist has appointed his former campaign manager and chief of staff to fill the Senate seat of Mel Martinez, MSNBC reports. George LeMieux will represent the state until next year's election, when Crist himself will vie for the GOP nod. “George is bright, capable, and an accomplished administrator," Martinez says. Dems have a dimmer view: “Charlie Crist came as close as he could to appointing himself to this position,” says the party's Senatorial Campaign Committee.