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George LeMieux can't shake Charlie Crist legacy in Senate bid



George LeMieux could only think of one major difference between him and Charlie Crist.

"I like the Dolphins better than the Bucs," LeMieux said in August 2009 just before Gov. Crist appointed him to fill a vacant U.S. Senate seat temporarily.

Today, LeMieux is running for the U.S. Senate.

And he's running away from Crist, whose name is toxic to many of the hard-core conservatives LeMieux is courting in a wide-open Republican primary.

"I had many things I disagreed with the governor on," LeMieux said last week.

But Crist administration insiders say they're hard-pressed to remember differences between Crist and LeMieux — his onetime chief of staff, adviser and close friend. Read more here.

[Last modified: Saturday, April 23, 2011 7:36pm]


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