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More editorials slam George LeMieux pick

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Miami Herald: "If Gov. Charlie Crist had one requirement when choosing a replacement for Sen. Mel Martinez, who decided to quit his post a year early, it's loyalty. Loyalty not to Florida but to Mr. Crist himself. ... Mr. Crist displayed a total disregard for more experienced former and current members of Congress and legislators -- and other qualified candidates with no U.S. Senate ambitions -- who could have stepped in without a hitch. It was a predictable pick by a governor who has lost touch with many Floridians and has backtracked on some of his moderate positions."

Pensacola News Journal: Instead of giving the truthful, politically expedient reason for appointing LeMieux, Crist spun an unbelievable tale about LeMieux being the best qualified and most likely to best serve the people of Florida in Washington.

"I know the kind of public servant he has been and will be," Crist said of LeMieux. "I know his soul, and I know that he will serve the people of the state honorably and well."

To the contrary.

It was blatant cronyism.

Crist put his selfish interests ahead of the interest of the constituents who elected him to office.



Also, check out two more editorial cartoons here and here.

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[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 3:15pm]

    

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