LeMieux: ‘Connie Mack can’t win a character contest with Bill Nelson’by George Bennett | May 17th, 2012
Former appointed Sen. George LeMieux defended and reiterated his character attacks against his main GOP Senate primary rival, Rep. Connie Mack, during an appearance this morning on MSNBC.
“If Connie Mack is the nominee, I don’t think he can beat Bill Nelson. It’ll be a race about character. Connie Mack can’t win a character contest with Bill Nelson,” LeMieux told host Chuck Todd.
LeMieux has called Mack, son of a popular former Florida Senator with the same name, a “Half Mack” and repeatedly criticized the younger Mack’s past fistfights, financial woes and residency questions. Todd asked LeMieux if he regretted the personal nature of his attacks on Mack and if he thought they would hurt the GOP if Mack becomes the nominee.
“He’s trying to run a campaign where people will mistake him for his father. And we can’t make that mistake,” LeMieux said. “If he is the nominee we will lose.”