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Rooney ‘probably’ leaning toward Mack in GOP Senate primary

by George Bennett | November 3rd, 2011


U.S. Rep. Tom Rooney, R-Tequesta, who worked as a Capitol Hill staffer for former Sen. Connie Mack III in the 1990s, says he’s leaning toward supporting late-entering U.S. Rep. Connie Mack IV, R-Cape Coral, in the 2012 GOP Senate primary.

“Having worked for Connie’s dad, having worked with Connie closely, I’d probably be leaning heavily toward Connie at this point. But let him get in the race and let him get his feet wet first,” Rooney said today.

Rooney, who once considered entering the 2006 GOP Senate primary against a weak Katherine Harris, said he was also asked about entering the 2012 contest because of underwhelming polling numbers by GOP candidates George LeMieux, Adam Hasner, Mike McCalister and Craig Miller. Rooney, who has three young children, said he wasn’t willing to take on the statewide fundraising and campaigning demands associated with a Senate run.

2 Responses to “Rooney ‘probably’ leaning toward Mack in GOP Senate primary”

  1. Michael Says:

    So what. Connie Mack isn’t going anywhere.

  2. sign o the times Says:

    question: why are these government hating rightwing millionaires in government? why do they NEVER return to private life after a short public service?
    are they JUST hypocrites?

    or: are they there to enrich themselves and their trust fund friends at the expense of the majority of Americans.

    let the policy decisions be your guide

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