George LeMieux says he would have beat Bill Nelson

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In an interview with Sunshine State News — his first since the elections — former Senator George LeMieux makes it clear he would have been a better candidate than Connie Mack against Democrat Bill Nelson.

Sunshine State News: Do you believe that the Senate election would have turned out differently had youbeen the Republican nominee?

George LeMieux: Of course I do! Anybody who ran for office and tells you differently shouldn’t have run. I think the race would have been a lot closer; I believe I was the best person to face Sen. Nelson. It would have presented a really good comparison, I believe.

But that’s not the way it worked out, and it’s no use crying over spilled milk. We need to go forward, and hopefully now our lead in both parties will come together and work on these tremendous challenges that our country is facing.

Full interview here.

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.