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How Frank Jimenez became a high court nominee

A Miami Cuban American who worked for both Jeb Bush and George W. Bush was nominated to fill a vacancy on the state Supreme Court, in response to the governor's insistence that the list of nominees be more diverse.

Frank Jimenez, currently general counsel for the Navy, was added to the list Wednesday after a contentious, late-night meeting of the Judicial Nominating Commission in which members questioned Gov. Charlie Crist's motives and the fairness of the process.

Jimenez, a graduate of the University of Miami and Yale Law School, worked for the former governor as a deputy chief of staff, deputy general counsel, and acting general counsel for nearly four years. He took a leave of absence from his duties to work for President Bush during the fight over Florida's election recount in 2000.

He also was chief of staff to Sen. Mel Martinez when Martinez was director of the Department of Housing and Urban Development. His brother, Marcos Jimenez, was U.S. Attorney in Miami from 2002 to 2005.

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