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George LeMieux votes to protect Wall Street days after fundraiser with Wall Street lobbyists

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After Sen. George LeMieux voted against allowing debate on legislation aimed at ending bailouts and reining in Wall Street’s excesses tonight, the Florida Democratic Party released the following statement.

“Today, Sen. George LeMieux (R-Cronyism) voted to put Wall Street above Main Street by standing with his fellow Republicans in defending the status quo. Just days after holding a fundraiser with Wall Street lobbyists, LeMieux sold-out Florida and proved once again that his political ambitions are more important to him than doing what is right for our state,” said Florida Democratic Party spokesman Eric Jotkoff.

“For too long lax regulations and oversight have enabled Wall Street banks and financial institutions to engage in gimmicky practices that have benefited Wall Street but failed Main Street. The collapse of large banks left the American taxpayer footing the bill. Americans cannot afford to continue to pay for Wall Street’s gambles. That is why the passage of Wall Street reform is not only necessary to our financial security, but is critical to our country going forward. Unfortunately, LeMieux either doesn’t get it or simply doesn’t care. Instead, LeMieux once again chose to do the bidding of the Washington lobbyists and defend Wall Street’s excesses.”

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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