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The GOP’s Gen X primary for Senate

by George Bennett | March 25th, 2011

UPDATE — St. Pete Times’ Adam Smith reports Mack will NOT run for Senate in 2012

U.S. Rep. Connie Mack, R-Cape Coral, appears poised to launch a 2012 U.S. Senate campaign this morning in Fort Myers and set up what could be a primary battle with four Generation X Republicans vying for the right to challenge pre-Boomer Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson.

In addition to the 43-year-old Mack, 41-year-old state Senate President Mike Haridopolos, R-Merritt Island, is in the race and 41-year-old former state House Majority Leader Adam Hasner of Boca Raton has set up an exploratory committee. Former appointed U.S. Sen. George LeMieux, who’s 41, is also considered a likely GOP candidate.

The four Gen Xers are considered the leading Republican candidates, but 59-year-old Mike McCalister, a retired Air Force colonel who got 10.1 percent in last year’s GOP governor primary, has also announced a campaign.

Nelson, 68, was elected in 2000 after Mack’s father retired from the Senate.


5 Responses to “The GOP’s Gen X primary for Senate”

  1. Oh, Florida Says:

    If you are not a white, wealthy (multi-millions) Christian why in hell would you vote Republican?

    They hate women, minorities, gays, the poor and anyone else not fitting the above description.

    It makes no sense. You will never be a part of their club so stop screwing yourself and the rest of us by voting R.

  2. Oh Florida is a bigot Says:

    8:55 is a bigot.

    Republicans stand for less government intrusion in our daily lives. Less taxes and less interference in business.

    Republicans are on the rise because of the socialist agenda of the Obama White House. ObamaCare is going to kill our economy. The failed stimulus has done nothing to help. It only funded worthless unions.

  3. HAHA Says:

    @9:31 – Republicans want SMALL GOVT? Are you kidding?

    The same Republicans who want to legislate religion, sex, personal relationships, education, doctor patient decisions – etc, etc.

    They only want small gov’t when it comes to them, NOT you, THEM paying less (or typically NO) taxes.

    Face it, you are not nor will ever be a part of the R elite. You are just a gullible rube who keeps making the ‘select few’ richer.

    Do you realize when you put 1 gallon of gas in your vehicle you pay more in taxes than Exxon or Mobil paid in income taxes for the past year?

    How is that for ‘smaller gov’t? Sucker.

  4. matt Says:

    haha is correct they want small goverment for them to get richer but want to regulate everything they do not believe in. there just as bad as the extremist muslims if we do not believe in it it must not happen. i hate the lying repubs

  5. Searcher Says:

    So, the STIMULUS, which helped stop the GREAT RECESSION from turning into the SECOND DEPRESSION “has done nothing to help”. You know nothing about economics.

    Did you realize the BANK BAILOUTS will produce a PROFIT! I just saw that the auto bailout may break even. Now, these companies were owned and run by REPUBLICANS. And they don’t even know how to be grateful!

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