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George LeMieux for U.S. Senate?

During his first visit to South Florida since his appointment to the U.S. Senate, Republican George LeMieux received gushing praise from the hometown congressmen, U.S. Reps. Lincoln and Mario Diaz-Balart.

They were so complimentary you'd think LeMieux planned to be on the ballot in 2010 instead of his former boss, Gov. Charlie Crist. Then again, the Diaz-Balarts are big Crist supporters, and if LeMieux looks good then Crist does too.

"For those who thought George LeMieux was going to be someone who passed by in the Senate and perhaps not be noticed by many people, the exact opposite is the truth,'' Lincoln said after they all toured  Ryder Trauma Center at Jackson Memorial Hospital. "He's an extraordinary public servant and he's doing a very impressive, admirable job as a U.S. senator.''

Mario added: "Rarely in my years have I come across an individual who has made such a difference, who has shown such passion, such great talent...We are frankly -- Lincoln and I have talked about this  -- so impressed."