Florida TEA Party Urges Lemieux to Resign
In 1981, US Senator Dick Stone resigned early to allow newly elected Senator Paula Hawkins to obtain an advantage by being installed before the other freshman Senators. Although there is no mandated difference in rights or power, Senate rules give more power to Senators with more seniority.
That includes preferential treatment in choosing committee assignments, selecting a desk in the Chamber and picking office space.
"With the current seniority system firmly in place, Lemieux's resignation would provide our new US Senator Rubio a huge advantage by surpassing the other twelve freshman US Senators that will take office when they are sworn in on Monday, January 3, 2010. The advantages under the seniority system would be huge and the sooner we have Marco Rubio voting instead of George Lemieux, the better off all Floridians will be," stated Peg Dunmire, Chairman of the Party.
One twist that makes it unlikely for Lemieux to actually step down is that Governor Charlie Crist would have to make the appointment of Rubio, something that seems unlikely at best.