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Whither George LeMieux?

Today Governor-elect Charlie Crist will tell the Republican Party faithful gathered at the quarterly meeting in Orlando that he supports Jim Greer, an Oviedo City Councilman to take over as party chairman early next year after Carole Jean Jordan ends her term.

Since Greer has Crist's backing _ it means his election is all but guaranteed. Greer, who has a 1993 DUI conviction, helped raise money and organize events for Crist. Greer's selection, however, is one more sign that "Maestro" George LeMieux will wind up taking a lead role in the governor's office. LeMieux, who helmed Crist's campaign, has reportedly been weighing whether to run the party, or to work for Crist. The prime issue for LeMieux is the impact a job such as chief of staff would have on his family.

Two other tidbits worth noting: LeMieux will be at Crist's side today at the Republican Party board meeting and he will also join Crist this weekend in West Virginia when Crist attends a new governor's seminar hosted by the National Governors Association, an organization that Gov. Jeb Bush routinely used to snub because he felt the group would often take shots at his brother, President Bush.

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