Report: Crist was 'sick' of LeMieux's lobbying for Senate job
Tampa Tribune: Crist initially leaned toward former Jacksonville Mayor John Delaney, but settled on Kottkamp after an anonymous website critical of Delaney appeared on the Internet, (Jim) Greer said.
LeMieux, meanwhile, was campaigning behind the scenes for the appointment, he said.
"Charlie Crist said he was sick of it … and wanted me to get with (LeMieux) as quickly as possible to tell him he was not going to get the appointment and to stop this behind-the-scenes advocating," Greer said.
“Depending on what kind of pressure George LeMieux brought on Charlie Crist to gain a United States Senate seat, it may be more than just morally reprehensible, it may be outright illegal," Connie Mack IV campaign manager said in a statement. "Today’s damning allegations about George LeMieux in the Tampa Tribune demand hard questions be pursued by the media and the justice system, and they must be pursued now.”