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LeMieux's mis-Tweet exposes fundraising tactics



It was deleted within seconds, but an errant Twitter message yesterday afternoon from U.S. Senate candidate George LeMieux was around long enough to gain notice. "Remember to touch base with Lew," it read. "They should be able to do 100k. Thanks, Ed."

So who is Lew, and who is Ed?

The LeMieux campaign isn't saying. But political operatives and observers think it's either Lew Oliver, a lawyer, or Lew Hey, chairman of NextEra Energy, a subsidiary of Florida Power & Light. Hey was a supporter of Charlie Crist's failed U.S. Senate campaign and FP&L $1 million to Crist's 2008 Amendment 1 campaign to cut property taxes.

Ed could be Ed Tancer, a shareholder in LeMieux's lawfirm, whose last employer was NextEra Energy. Tancer left NextEra after reports that he organized a party for a utility regulator during the Kentucky Derby.

You can bet LeMieux's rivals are scouring the public record for connections to FP&L, his campaign contributions and any actions he took while serving as a interim U.S. Senator. A financial disclosure LeMieux filed with the Senate showed that FP&L was among his many lawfirm clients after he left Gov. Crist's office and opened the lobbying practice of Gunster Law.

LeMieux brushed off the mis-Tweet yesterday with another Tweet.

"Made a mistake. Onward! George."

[Last modified: Friday, July 22, 2011 1:04pm]


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