Looks like the “secret” fundraiser the GOP held for George LeMieux (R-FL) with Wall Street lobbyists last week, along with all the peer-purge pressure from the GOP worked like a charm. LeMieux has dropped Crist like a bad habit.
LeMieux was a good friend and adviser of Crist’s. So much so that Crist appointed LeMieux to the U.S. Senate seat Crist is running for as a placeholder until it was Charlie’s turn take over after his election.
Last week while rumors were circulating that Crist might switch parties, LeMieux was under pressure from the GOP but wouldn’t say whether he would drop Charlie in the event that he left the Republican party.
Then out of the blue the GOP held a “quiet” fundraiser in honor of LeMieux hosted by lobbyists from J.P. Morgan Chase & Co.
Fresh from that fundraiser, LeMieux joined the rest of the Grand Obstructionist Party members and voted against debating financial reform earlier this week.
Well, it looks like LeMieux left the fundraiser and headed straight to the clubhouse, took the oath and earned his Elephant Badge for Courage and Loyalty! Welcome to the Cult! (Do you suppose Cheney was at the ceremony?)
Now the once loyal friend of Charlie apparently has decided that some things are worth more than friendship:
“I am saddened that my friend, Governor Crist, has decided to leave the Republican Party,” LeMieux said in a prepared statement. “Our friendship runs deep, but my commitment to the principles of the Republican Party runs deeper. I cannot walk down the path he has chosen.”
“Now more than ever, our nation’s future depends on our ability to uphold the core Republican ideals of fiscal restraint, peace through strength, individual liberty, personal responsibility and smaller government,” LeMieux said.
“I will support our Republican nominee,” LeMieux said, “and will continue to do everything I can both in Florida and across the country to increase the number of Republicans in the United States Senate.”
Crist does have at least one supporter, J.M. “Mac” Stipanovich, who said this about LeMieux:
“George LeMieux is a Mount Everest of ambition shoehorned into a molehill of a man.”
That being said, add LeMieux to that long list of GOP sheep saying “Sorry Charlie.”