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On second thought, Connie Mack eyes U.S. Senate run

by George Bennett | October 27th, 2011

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After ruling out a Senate run in March, U.S. Rep. Connie Mack, R-Cape Coral, appears to have had a change of heart.

With none of the Republican candidates showing impressive polling or fundraising numbers, a Mack aide told The St. Petersburg Times late Wednesday that the congressman would enter the race.

Republicans are trying to field a candidate to challenge two-term Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson.

Mack, the son of a former Senator and great-grandson of a Hall of Fame baseball legend with the same name, would bring a well-known name and presumed fundraising connections to the race. But Mack has occasionally run afoul of the GOP’s conservative base, most notably in opposing an Arizona-style crackdown on illegal immigrants.

Mack cited family concerns in passing up the Senate race in March, then endorsed state Senate President Mike Haridopolos, R-Merritt Island, in the primary. But Haridopolos dropped out during the summer.

Former appointed Sen. George LeMieux, former state House Majority Leader Adam Hasner and businessmen Craig Miller and Mike McCalister have spent months on the campaign trail, but none has built a strong following in the polls.

Reports this month showed all of the Republicans far behind Nelson in fundraising. Nelson raised $2 million in the last quarter and has about $7.5 million in his campaign account.

LeMieux’s fundraising plunged from $951,558 in the second quarter to $402,916 in the third quarter. He has about $1 million in the bank. Hasner raised $535,000 in the last quarter and has $786,000 on hand.

5 Responses to “On second thought, Connie Mack eyes U.S. Senate run”

  1. Downtown Danny Says:

    This is a total creep who left his wife & 2 kids after he got elected to office by touting his “Family Values” – he then goes to D.C. and starts adulterous affair with Sonny Bono’s wife and leaves his wife to marry her. Then his ex & 2 kids live in squalor in Lauderdale on food stamps until the press outs him and he starts to make support payments.

  2. Tea Lady Says:

    Oh no no .. we need a candidate like Mr. McCalister.

    Mr. McCalister understands the values that unerringly lead to prosperity for America: Fiscal Responsibility, Limited Government, and Free Markets. As such, he knows that America’s job creators need further tax relief, and entitlement spending needs to be pared back, including Social Security and Medicare!

    Let’s all remained committed to finding candidates with the Right Ideas! =)

  3. vote early Says:

    LOST ALL OR PART OF YOUR 401K = THANK WALL STREET

    LOST YOUR HOME=THANK BIG BANKING

    PAID $3.50 AGALLON FOR GAS =THANK BIG OIL

    CANT AFFORD MEDICINE= THANK BIG PHARMA

    HAVE NO MEDICAL COVERAGE=THANK A REPUBLICAN

    HAVE THE GOVERMENT THAT DOESNT WORK FOR YOU BECAUSE YOU DIDNT VOTE LAST ELECTION= YOU HAVE NO ONE TO THANK BUT YOURSELF

  4. ronan Says:

    This is a total creep who left his wife & 2 kids after he got elected to office by touting his “Family Values” – he then goes to D.C. and starts adulterous affair with Sonny Bono’s wife and leaves his wife to marry her?

  5. Rick A Says:

    LOST YOUR HOME=THANK BIG BANKING

    PAID $3.50 AGALLON FOR GAS =THANK BIG OIL

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