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LeMieux critics don't ruffle Crist's feathers

Gov. Charlie Crist, sometimes called "Teflon Charlie," was characteristically calm and cool when asked this morning whether he worries about the backlash from some editorial boards, Republicans and others about his choice of former chief of staff George LeMieux to serve out the rest of Mel Martinez's U.S. Senate term.

"Everybody has a right to speak," he smiled, referring to critics. "It would have happened to anybody, I think."


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Michael E. Arth

Karen Thurman, the Florida Democratic Party chair sent out an email blast today (along with a plea for cash to buy more votes) to Democrats titled, "Pigs at a Trough." She wrote:

"When I heard about Gov. Charlie Crist appointing his crony George LeMieux to the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Mel Martinez - I was shocked....In short, with Charlie Crist and his crony George LeMieux going to the Senate, all their friends in special interests are acting just like pigs at the trough, enjoying all the benefits of friends in high places....After Republican Speaker Ray Sansom's indictment and revelations about the Republican Party of Florida's AmEx slush fund, now Charlie Crist taps his friend and campaign manager to go to the U.S. Senate. These people aren't standing up for Floridians. Instead they let corruption and cronyism run rampant here in Tallahassee - from Ray Sansom, to former lobbyist Bill McCollum, and now current lobbyist George LeMieux. Together, we'll work to put an end to the Republican culture of cronyism and corruption in Tallahassee and usher in change in 2010."

Is this the pot calling the kettle black or what? Karen Thurman was shocked, SHOCKED, I tell you, to see "corruption and cronyism run rampant in Tallahassee," so "make a contribution" to the FDP to "usher in change." This is the height of hypocrisy and all Democrats should feel ashamed. It's time for a top down change in our party and time for real electoral reform to really stop the corruption, cronyism, vote-buying, vote-rigging, gerrymandering, vote spoiling, and other undemocratic nonsense.

Michael E. Arth

P.S. Of course Republicans should also be ashamed, but they are shameless and beyond all hope.

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