Mack Campaign: 'LeMieux's pressure on Crist for US Senate seat may have been outright illegal'

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Connie Mack’s campaign ratcheted up the rhetoric in the race for Florida’s US Senate seat, calling for an investigation into how George LeMieux was appointed to the United States Senate in 2010.

Mack’ campaign manager, Jeff Cohen, issued the following statement today following the astonishing findings unearthed by the investigative reporting of the Tampa Tribune’s William March.

Cohen said:

“Today William March unearthed damning allegations that George LeMieux may have used pressure to extort Charlie Crist into giving him a seat in the United States Senate. These astonishing revelations raise significant questions about George LeMieux’s conduct and the precise nature of his relationship with former Governor Charlie Crist.

“In Illinois, Governor Rod Blagojevich was convicted for illegally trying to sell a United States Senate seat. William March’s reporting raises allegations that are no less serious.

“George LeMieux has run a personally negative and nasty campaign from the start. Whether attacking Marco Rubio, Adam Hasner or Connie Mack, his campaign has been one of character assassination and completely void of substance. Apparently his lack of character and ethics goes back a long way.

“Depending on what kind of pressure George LeMieux brought on Charlie Crist to gain a United States Senate seat, it may be more than just morally reprehensible, it may be outright illegal. Today’s damning allegations about George LeMieux in the Tampa Tribune demand hard questions be pursued by the media and the justice system, and they must be pursued now.”

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