Sen. George LeMieux (R., Fla.) will support Marco Rubio:
“I am saddened that my friend, Governor Crist, has decided to leave the Republican Party. 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.
“I will support our Republican nominee 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.”
More about the LeMieux-Crist drama here.
UPDATE: From The Buzz:
LeMieux was in an extremely difficult spot, caught between his personal ties to Crist and his need to remain a loyal Republican. He chose the latter, and Crist allies are appalled, noting that without Crist’s once-in-a-lifetime generosity, LeMieux would still be practicing law in Tallahassee.
J.M. “Mac” Stipanovich, the lobbyist and Republican strategist whose wordsmithing skills earned him the nickname “Mac the Quote,” said this about Florida’s junior U.S. senator:
“George LeMieux is a Mount Everest of ambition shoehorned into a molehill of a man.”