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Mack slaps Nelson as one of Obama’s ‘lockstep liberals’

by John Kennedy | November 29th, 2011

Tarring Democratic opponent Bill Nelson as one of President Obama’s “lockstep liberals”, Republican U.S. Rep. Connie Mack said Tuesday that Floridians are looking for a change in the U.S. Senate.

“It’s pretty clear to me that this country, our country, is moving in the wrong directions,” Mack said in a conference call with reporters from his Fort Myers hometown.

Mack made his candidacy official Monday night in an appearance on Sean Hannity’s Fox-TV show. Mack, first elected to Congress in 2004, is the fifth Republican in the race to unseat Nelson, who is seeking his third term.

Mack is looking to win the same seat held by his father and namesake, former Republican U.S. Sen. Connie Mack. His dad defeated Democrat Buddy MacKay in 1988 after taunting him with the phrase, “Hey Buddy, you’re liberal.” And on Tuesday, the political apple didn’t fall far from the tree.

“Bill Nelson has become one of Barack Obama’s leading guys in the United States Senate,” Mack said, deriding his Democratic rival for supporting the president’s push on health care, stimulus spending, and energy cap-and-trade legislation.

Nelson is among the “lockstep liberals in Washington” the president depends on to advance his agenda, Mack said. The Republican contender, however, disputed that he, like his father, is looking to win by demonizing liberals.

“It’s not an attempt to demonize,” Mack said. “It’s to point out the differences.”

When those close to Mack confirmed a few weeks ago that he was planning to enter the race, the congressman immediately became the favorite, according to polls.

 A Quinnipiac University survey earlier this month showed Mack with a formidable lead over the four Republicans already in the race. A Rasmussen Reports poll also showed Mack could be trouble for Nelson, with the congressman favored by 43 percent of voters to 39 percent for the Democrat. The survey of 500 likely voters had a margin-of-error of plus-or-minus 4.5 percent.

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6 Responses to “Mack slaps Nelson as one of Obama’s ‘lockstep liberals’”

  1. Rick S Says:

    Connie Mack is a cross-dressing imposter. Rick Scott is a real he-man.

  2. theloneconsumer Says:

    And it seems that the Congressman has had newspaper articles of riding on US Sugar lobbyist airplanes. Never met an airplane he didnt like…just like one of his protogee’s, Charlie Crist.
    wasnt it “Mad Dog” Merkle who carved his political demise by arresting a MACK kid for alcohol violations? I seem to remember that was why the father decided to challenge Merkle for US Senaytor years ago.

  3. Jeff Says:

    So where are those jobs that Oboma Promised us, I know there are allot homeless Familes Down there. How are we going too give them the jobs that they where Trained For

  4. Eric Says:

    Florida has been dominated by republican ideology for decades and republicans want to blame the democrats for the problems in Florida? That’s a knee slapper! Keep voting republican in Florida and see how far it progresses… absolutely no where.

  5. Big Dem Says:

    Time for Bill Nelson to go! Being a former astronaut, one would think he’d fight to keep NASA funded in his home state, but not Bill. He simply does what he is told by Harry Reid. A party lackey is all he is. We need a senator who will fight for Florida and think for himself. Run, Connie, run!

  6. Martie Says:

    The most shocking things about Senator Bill Nelson is that he has been in politics for over 40 years.

    That’s way too long and time for the democrats to put up another candidate.

    It’s time for Term Limits, it’s time to end lifetime politicians who live off the public.

    And in those 40 years can YOU name ONE thing Bill Nelson has done for Florida.

    We’ve been paying Nelson for decades and can’t name a thing he has done in all those 40 years.

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