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Welcome to Washington, Sen. LeMieux

Republican U.S. Rep. Lincoln Diaz-Balart of Miami -- who passed on Gov. Charlie Crist's offer to consider him for the Senate appointment -- said of George LeMieux: "I have known George LeMieux for many years and hold him in great respect. I look forward to welcoming him to Congress and to the Florida Congressional delegation, and to working closely with him in the critical months ahead."

Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson said: "There are some very important and immediate issues facing Florida, such as health care and protecting the military's testing and training ranges in the Gulf of Mexico. I intend to have a good personal and bipartisan relationship with the new senator, as I have had with Mel Martinez."

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Fulanito

This selection marks the beginning of the end for Crist. The Governor had an chance to shine but instead, he squandered this very important opportunity.

This choice will only anger the conservative base even more than it is now and give much needed ammunition to the Democrats at a time when the Republican brand needs a much-needed boost.

Let's go Marco!

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