Charlie Crist is getting awfully cozy to the Democratic party by endorsing Obama and planning to speak at their convention. It's been awfully uncomfortable for George LeMieux. Crist employed LeMieux as his campaign manager and chief of staff, and then appointed him to the Senate.
Now, LeMieux has spoken up in his own op-ed, claiming that Charlie Crist is not that politician that he used to know.
Riptide has the exclusive text:
But you didn't have to cut me off
Make it like you were never a Republican and that we were nothing
I don't even need your love, but you treat me like a stranger
And that feels so rough
No, you didn't have to stoop so low
Have your friends collect your Governor records
And then change your political affiliation
Guess that I don't need that though
Now you're just some politician that I used to know
Oh, wait, Riptide apologizes. Those are not actually the exact words of George LeMieux. They might as well be though.
LeMieux wrote the op-ed for The Tampa Bay Times, and it starts like this:
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This isn't the Charlie Crist I knew.
In recent days, the former Florida governor has publicly lambasted the Republican Party, his former party of more than 30 years, and given his support to one of the worst presidential administrations in recent history. He has characterized the Republican agenda as extreme and a failure in leadership. What's extreme is not the Republican Party, but Crist's attempt to transform himself from Reagan Republican into an Obama liberal.
The Charlie Crist I knew and worked closely with for five years was Florida's attorney general and a tough, no-nonsense, crime fighter who earned the moniker "Chain Gang Charlie" for his support of prison chain gangs as a state senator. He never met a tax increase he liked. While not an ideologue on issues such as the environment, renewable energy and immigration, Crist's particular brand of Republicanism was conservative enough to convincingly win Republican primaries in his statewide races for attorney general and governor.