REALLY?! Florida’s New Republican Senator Is A Friend of … The Gays?


When Florida Gov. Charlie Crist decided to nominate somebody else, besides himself, for the opening U.S. Senate seat, a sigh of relief could be heard ’round the state’s bathhouses. Crist opted for George LeMieux (pictured, on left) to fill the vacancy left by Sen. Mel Martinez, the Senate’s first Cuban-American. Crist, of course, plans on leaving the governor’s mansion to run for a U.S. Senate seat next year, but yesterday announced he’s given the temporary opening to LeMieux — Crist’s one-time deputy attorney general and chief of staff, and someone who’s never held public office. So is this a good thing for the gays?

It could be argued: Yes.

LeMieux, a legal eagle and the former chair of Florida’s Broward County Republican Party, is married with three kids. His only stab at holding elected office came in 1998 in a bid for the Florida House; he lost. But it was during the campaign, and at age 29, that LeMieux publicly supported gay adoptions and health benefits for same-sex couples.

That’s a terribly interesting position to have once maintained, because LeMieux’s former boss Crist has very different feelings on the matter. Then again, it’s entirely plausible LeMieux went the gay-friendly route only to steal votes away from his then-competitor, incumbent Tracy Stafford.

So how will the twosome come to terms on the matter? Perhaps it all depends on what strategy the pair worked out when Crist handed LeMieux the Senate seat: Whether LeMieux is there to hold on to the post until Crist makes a full campaign push in 2010 and takes it over, or whether Crist plans on defeating Florida’s other U.S. senator, Democrat (C-Street “Family” member and former astronaut) Bill Nelson. Notes the Miami Herald‘s Beth Reinhard:

Voters should also be asking questions about where LeMieux stands. Will he try to explain away the positions he took during his 1998 campaign — in favor of gay adoption, limits on offshore oil drilling and waiting periods at gun shows? Will he be a seat-warming proxy for Crist or a principled warrior for the people of Florida?

LeMieux will likely heed the lessons he learned in Broward. He’ll follow the same politically moderate, occasionally conservative philosophy that’s kept Crist popular through a rotten recession. It’s also a please-everyone-and-no-one, keep-em’-guessing, say-as-little-as-possible type of politics that rankles Democrats and conservative Republicans to no end.

“I’ve learned working with this governor that the people want a problem solver,” LeMieux told the Fort Lauderdale crowd Friday evening. “And I will seek to be a problem solver in Washington, D.C., and I will do so like this great governor does, with the principle of limited government always on my mind.”

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  • Rick

    There is no such thing as a moderate Republican.

  • M Shane

    @No. 1 · Rick : Ain’t that a brain bender ; Democrates aren’t even moderate anymore. I think they mean something like a Neocon that lies more often than not. “with the principle of limited government always on my mind.” Next he’ll shit asphalt!

  • tjr101

    Republicans are always in favor of limited government when they’re not in power. The last eight years was a perfect example of “limited government.”
    Forget what his positions was eleven years ago. What does he think now? I’ll bet a million bucks (if I had it) he doesn’t hold those same positions on any gay issues.

  • MoHoTo

    Apparently gays don’t like minorities or Republicans, even moderate ones. The only problem? The gays that scream about gay exclusion on the one hand, are excluders on the other.

  • tricky ricky

    just cause he sucks charlies dick does not make him gay friendly.

  • ricky

    friend of the closet case republican gays maybe.

  • tjr101

    @MoHoTo: I’m gay and black… according to you’re logic I don’t like myself.

  • MoHoTo

    In my experience, you can’t judge people by their sexuality, their skin color, or their party affiliation, among other things. You can make assumptions about them, its only natural I guess, but if those assumptions prevent you from getting to know the individual, its your loss, as often as not.

  • Andrew

    George LeMieux is a Catholic. That’s really all we need to know.

  • M Shane

    No. 4 · MoHoTo; You’re really naive; I suppose that you’d hang with some Nazi’s until they proved anti-gay The Republican party (and there is no such thing as a “moderate”), and their Democrate alies; Republicamns represent traditional family values, all the way to their acceptance of extreme economic class structures as the expression of that power.

    Traditionally gay people as a disenfranchised and disrespected, indeed subversive minority tend to swerve off the path of anything related to any kind of Republican. We have enough problems with disunity without that kind of burden.

  • MoHoTo

    @M Shane: Honey, fight that one out with your rich ultra right wing and no doubt indulgent parents. You couldn’t pay me enough to be your shrink.

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