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Sacre bleu! LeMieux's heritage becomes an issue



Steve Bousquet column:

When John Kerry ran for president a few years ago, Republicans said he "looks French."

When France abandoned its support for America by opposing the war in Iraq, some members of Congress told restaurants to remove all references to "french fries" from their menus in favor of "freedom fries."

Sacre bleu!

That's nothing compared to what's happening right now here in Florida.

In the Republican primary for U.S. Senate, Adam Hasner and George LeMieux are doing what candidates do in primaries: tearing each other's character to shreds. The latest is Hasner's gem, "LeMieux: It's French for Crist." If you send a check to Hasner's Senate campaign, you'll get a bumper strip with the slogan on it.

LeMieux accused Hasner on Monday of hitting "a new low" with a "despicable" attack on LeMieux's "ethnic background" and produced a link to an opinion piece on the Jewish news service JTA blasting Hasner, who's Jewish, of a "divisive" tactic by making an issue of LeMieux's French-Canadian ancestry.

"It's a low blow, and it's uncalled for," LeMieux said as he drove to a campaign stop Monday in Pembroke Pines. "If my last name were Ramirez, would he have done that?" (rest of column here)

[Last modified: Monday, October 3, 2011 7:37pm]


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