From Sunshine News: "The interim senator's term officially expires in January, but TEA Party Chairwoman Peg Dunmire says Florida would benefit if he took an early exit.
" 'With the current seniority system firmly in place, LeMieux's resignation would provide our new U.S. senator, Marco Rubio, a huge advantage by surpassing the other 12 freshmen who will take office when they are sworn in Jan. 3,' " said Dunmire..Among the seniority-based perks for Rubio could be choicer committee assignments and a higher ranking in the Senate pecking order.
LeMieux, through his staff, has said he intends to serve until Jan. 3." And the Tampa Tribune reported earlier this month that even if he left, the move would have zero effect on seniority because of Senate rules.
LeMieux -- who is widely believed to be prepping for a run against Bill Nelson -- earlier today tweeted his reaction to President Barack Obama's decision to freeze federal pay: "Pay freeze for federal employees good start. Now, adopt hiring freeze & cut all federal agencies by 10%. Half measures not enough."
Some of the freshmen have already been sworn in: Illinois Republican Sen. Mark Kirk -- who won election to President Barack Obama's former seat -- was sworn in today.