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Florida 2010: A Senate Odyssey

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Amid charges of political cronyism and claims he was picked to be the governor’s proxy in Washington, there is renewed scrutiny of LeMieux’s dealings and those of his law firm, Gunster Yoakley & Stewart, on multiple fronts.

Florida senator-to-be George LeMieux plans to watch President Obama’s address to a joint session of Congress next week, but he’ll have to do it from the House gallery.

From the West Coast to the East Coast, in some of the smallest and largest states in the nation, the party is currently fielding an unusually diverse crop of serious statewide candidates drawn from the seemingly endless list of constituencies the GOP lost in 2008—notably women, Latinos, African Americans, Asian Americans and young people. Except in Florida.

Marco Rubio needs 600,000 Republican voters, and he thinks he can find a lot of them at the tea-party tax protests and raucous town-hall meetings on national health care.

Perhaps no one did more this week to push the mind-numbing “controversy” about President Obama encouraging young people to do well in school more than Jim Greer, the chairman of the Republican Party of Florida.

With divisive rumblings in both political parties over gambling and offshore oil-drilling, Gov. Charlie Crist is facing a likely special session this fall that could shine a glaring light on his lame-duck status.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including,,, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.

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