George LeMieux has dropped out of the Senate race against Connie Mack IV, somewhat "sore loser" style. He released what appears as a campaign video explaining his reasons, none seeming to have anything to do with himself, and throwing his "support" behind the man he called the "Charlie Sheen of Florida politics." LeMieux has painted Mack as a barroom brawler with money and marriage problems in his past.
While citing his time as a stand-in for Charlie Crist, LeMieux has a list of reasons for dropping out and places blame on everyone but himself in the video. He claims the party establishment pushed him out (hmm, that sounds familiar), blamed Mack for the family name recognition, and the fact that Mack just yesterday stated he refused to debate LeMieux (Mack said that would only help Sen. Bill Nelson), and said that there was so much money being poured into Mack's campaign that LeMieux's "message" couldn't be heard.
Poor, poor, pitiful George. All that was missing were tears and a box of tissues.
Of course there's little doubt the Republican Party showed LeMieux the door. (At least they let him stay in the party.) Just yesterday Mack (along with Daddy Mack) declared himself the winner before the primary after getting the endorsements of Jeb Bush and Mitt Romney. Then came the endorsement from what some refer to as the "Dick Armey," the FreedomWorks PAC portrayed as a grassroots Tea Party organization which is actually run by former U.S. House Majority Leader Dick Armey (R-Show Me The Money) and is anything but. The only "roots" being those sown by Armey who convinces followers to vote against their own self-interests and part from their cash in the form of donations for the cause of "small government and "low taxes for the rich." Mack will now be groomed to appear as a Tea Party candidate, and Armey's fundraising emails are already flying through cyberspace.
In the video here (note the sad soundtrack), LeMieux leaves little doubt that dropping out wasn't "his" idea, but due to forces beyond his control. Of course he doesn't mention the big reason: He's just not very popular and never really took off. After all, he's being shoved aside for the only one left who may lose to Bill Nelson with a slightly lower margin than LeMieux himself.
Sadly for LeMieux, a family name that people recognize no matter what it does, or doesn't live up to, is probably still better than "George...Who?"