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Endorsement reversal: Haridopolos backs pal Connie Mack in U.S. Senate race

by Dara Kam | November 2nd, 2011

One-time U.S. Senate candidate and Senate President Mike Haridopolos is backing long-time friend U.S. Rep. Connie Mack IV in the GOP primary, Haridopolos told editors and reporters this morning.

Haridopolos said he’s supporting Mack because he’s disappointed in the negative campaigning that’s dominated the GOP race thus far.

“I was not exactly pleased in the direction in which the senate primary was moving,” Haridopolos, R-Merritt Island, told a gathering of reporters and editors at the Associated Press Florida Legislative Planning Session shortly before noon. “I think he’d make an outstanding senator, not just candidate…I want to see us elevate the political discussion. What has disappointed me…is there’s a lot of finger-pointing. Let’s elevate the debate…as opposed to the negative campaigning that’s been done to this point.”

After initially saying he would not get into the race, Mack has now thrown his hat into a crowded GOP field. Former U.S. Sen. George LeMieux, former state representative Adam Hasner of Delray Beach, businessman Craig Miller and Mike McAllister are all vying to unseat incumbent U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, a Democrat. The four declared GOP candidates have been plagued by underwhelming poll numbers and fundraising.

Early this spring, Mack, a Cape Coral Republican who served in the Florida House alongside Haridopolos, endorsed Haridopolos, who dropped out of the race this summer.

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3 Responses to “Endorsement reversal: Haridopolos backs pal Connie Mack in U.S. Senate race”

  1. AK Says:

    The Republicans have dominated Florida politics for quite some time and look at the mess they made. Every governor wants to be the “education governor” and have failed since Bush. First cuts to the most vulnerable. Scott has a concrete/asphalt mentality towards protecting our ecosystems. Intrusion into women’s lives is another giant misstep and never should be on a political platform. We have one of the highest unemployment rates and not much is being done. Connie Mack is no great shake and who cares about Haridopulous?
    I say vote Democratic.

  2. Downtown Danny Says:

    MACK IS A FRAUD! He runs for Congress sending out flyers touting his “family values” with photos of him & his wife & 2 kids.
    He goes to Congress, has an adulterous affair with Sony Bono’s wife, dumps his wife & kids and marries her. She lives in poverty on food stamps in Lauderdale until the press outs him and he starts supporting her. ANOTHER REPUBLICAN HYPOCRITE. Now he wants to run for senate – based on what? He has done nothing to help anyone in this state and has NO FAMILY VALUES OF ANY KIND!

  3. Blackrepublican Says:

    Bill Nelson is a fraud! Florida is a Republican state that will reject Obama & Nelson in 2012! Vote Connie Mack!

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