Crist meets with LeMieux as he considers U.S. Senate pickby Dara Kam | August 19th, 2009
The hastily-added meeting with LeMieux, a close ally who headed Crist’s gubernatorial campaigns and is now the chairman of the largest law firm in the state, raises speculation about whether the governor will tap LeMieux to fill in for Martinez for the remainder of his term.
Crist is seeking the office himself, running against former House Speaker Marco Rubio in a GOP primary next year.
Last week, Crist asked for applications for the temporary post from U.S. Rep. Lincoln Diaz-Balart, former attorney general and secretary of state Jim Smith and former U.S. Atttorney Bobby Martinez. Diaz-Balart dropped out of consideration late Monday.
Crist met with Martinez yesterday before hurriedly asking state Rep. Jennifer Carroll, a Republican from Jacksonville and the only black Republican in the legislature, and University of North Florida President John Delaney. He visited with the Jacksonville pair in their hometown yesterday as well.
Tags: 2010 campaigns, Bobby Martinez, Charlie Crist, elections, George LeMieux, Jennifer Carroll, Jim Smith, John Delaney, Lincoln Diaz-Balart, Marco Rubio, Mel Martinez, Roberto Martinez, U.S. Senate