Hasner: Lemieux knew law was broken

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From the DSCC: Wow. We’ve seen PLENTY of Senate race nastiness, but Florida’s GOP primary is quickly taking the cake. And the pie. And cookies.

Here’s the background: Former Charlie Crist-appointed Senator George LeMieux has a deep and longtime relationship with former Republican Party of Florida (RPOF) chairman Jim Greer. There’s nothing wrong with that, except for this awkward fact: Greer recently was indicted. And unfortunately for LeMieux, new details keep emerging that suggest LeMieux knew all about the alleged fraud and did nothing about it:

· According to a WTSP News interview of Greer, LeMieux had a little-known contract with the RPOF worth $150,000. The contract was signed by Greer.
· Also in the WTSP report, Greer alleged that LeMieux came up with the secret fundraising scheme at the center of the fraud case.
· A St. Petersburg Times/Miami Herald report cites LeMieux’s political mentor, Charlie Crist, as saying that LeMieux recommended Greer to run the RPOF.
· The same report shows that LeMieux worked hand-in-hand with Greer to try to take down Senate candidate and Tea Party darling Marco Rubio.

So now – no surprise – fellow Republican Senate candidate Adam Hasner has pounced. Hasner alleges that LeMieux knew about illegal activity at the RPOF. On Tuesday, Hasner’s campaign sent out an email with this screaming headline: “Emails Obtained By The St. Petersburg Times Reveal George LeMieux Knew Of Jim Greer’s Illegal Behavior And Did Nothing To Stop It.”

So how has LeMieux responded to the allegations? Nothing but crickets.

But wait: It gets worse. In an attempt to distract Floridians from the allegations, the LeMieux campaign announced five new endorsements. Unfortunately, one of those people who supposedly endorsed LeMieux is on record attacking LeMieux for being an unelectable Charlie Crist Republican. Ouch.

It’s now been a week, and George LeMieux still hasn’t come clean about his involvement in any illegal activity at the Republican Party of Florida. He appears to be in hiding. What a mess.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, 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.