by Javier Manjarres
This morning, former U.S. Senator George LeMieux officially declared his run for Senate against Senator Bill Nelson in 2012. LeMieux was originally appointed by Governor Charlie Crist to complete the term of outgoing Senator Mel Martinez in 2009, and speculation had been building that he was going to run for Senate immediately after his term was complete. LeMieux enjoys somewhat of an early name recognition advantage over both Senate President Mike Haridopolos, who was first candidate to announce in the Senate race; and potential candidate former House Majority Leader Adam Hasner. While in the U.S. Senate, George LeMieux, aside from his support for the Food Safety Bill and the “TARP-2″ community bank bailout bill, had a respectable voting record, and did not support earmarks of any kind.