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LeMieux putting out feelers for top political consultants



George LeMieux has approached some top Republican consultants in anticipation of a possible run for U.S. Senate in 2012.

The Buzz is he recently reached out to Fred Davis, best known for the "Celebrity" ad for John McCain in 2008 and the infamous "I'm not a witch" spot for Christine O'Donnell. Davis' Hollywood-based Strategic Perception has also done work for Sens. Lamar Alexander, John Cornyn and Jim Inhofe, among other congressional figures.

Reached by e-mail, Davis confirmed LeMieux had contacted him but said he's not been hired, and added that LeMieux did not outright say he'll run. But it's a strong possibility. LeMieux, who this week officially ends his temporary stint as a senator, has returned to Florida and his law firm and has said he'll make an announcement soon.

[Last modified: Monday, January 3, 2011 2:05pm]


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