Jeff Ashton hugged, praised by George Anthony on state attorney win

Ashton defeats state attorney Lawson Lamar

By Erik von Ancken - Anchor/Reporter

ORLANDO, Fla. - Minutes after reporters finished questioning newly-elected Orange/ Osceola County State Attorney Jeff Ashton about the Casey Anthony trial at his election night victory party, Anthony's father showed up to congratulate Ashton.

George Anthony hugged Ashton, but the exchange was brief. Within seconds, Ashton ended the conversation, saying, "Thank you very much, bye bye." Anthony promptly turned and left.

Outside Ashton's victory celebration at the Friendly Confines Sports Restaurant in Winter Park, Anthony told Local 6, "This man deserves the position he just earned, he's a great guy. I've known him outside the courtroom more than people know. He's a passionate individual. He's going to do everything the right way."

Ashton unsuccessfully prosecuted Anthony's daughter Casey last summer, charged with murder for killing her daughter Caylee. The highly-publicized trial made Ashton a household name. Ashton beat out his former boss, Lawson Lamar in the election Tuesday night.

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