Across Florida
What's happening on other political blogs?


Mack works tailgaters at FSU, UF games on bus tour

by John Kennedy | September 22nd, 2012

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Connie Mack made his way through a crush of garnet-garbed tailgaters Saturday night at Doak Campbell Stadium in Tallahassee, ending the opening day of a six-day bus tour at the Florida State-Clemson football game.

Also posing for pictures and shaking hands at the stadium was Josh Romney, one of Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney’s five sons. ‘Noles for Romney-Ryan’ bumper stickers were being distributed by supporters.

Earlier Saturday, Mack had campaigned in Gainesville, working the crowd outside the Florida-Kentucky game in the afternoon. But his race with Democratic U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson was never far from his mind.

“It looks good,” Mack said about his chances, despite polls showing him well behind the two-term incumbent. Macksaid he is banking on undecided voters — who number in the 10 percent range in most polls — as his key to a come-from-behind win.

“Polls we’ve done are better, much better,” Mack said. “But the undecideds also are trending Republican, and that’s good.”

Still, Mack also has seen his popularity ratings tank in various surveys. The six-day bus tour, which heads Sunday to Jacksonville, may help soften the image Nelson TV spots have enhanced, casting Mack as a spoiled senator’s son. Mack’s father held the same seat for two terms from 1989-2001.

“It all helps,” said

Connie Mack IV meets fans outside FSU game

Mack, who will campaign Sunday with David Keene, president of the National Rifle Association.

Mack also took issue with Nelson for so far refusing to take part in a CNN debate planned for Oct. 30 and another proposed for Oct. 23 from the University of Florida.  The rival campaigns have agreed on only one debate, an Oct. 17 Leadership Florida-Florida Press Association sitdown scheduled for Davie.

“We’re saying come debate us anywhere, anytime. I’m sure he’s going `Ahh, I’ve got a lot of money in the bank and some of the public polling have us up and we don’t want to make a mistake,” Mack said. “I think the people of Florida are saying, ‘we want to know what the two candidates are all about.’”

Mack, who refused to debate his Republican rivals before the Aug. 14 primary, drew a distinction with his approach. “Our closest opponent was 35 points behind us….we’re in a much more competitive race than we had in the primary.”

 

 

Tags: , , , ,

12 Responses to “Mack works tailgaters at FSU, UF games on bus tour”

  1. Toni Says:

    Mr. Mack is really a resident of Palm Springs, CA so if you want a representative for your Florida district vote for Mr. Mack. If you want a real representative vote for a real Florida resident Mr. Bill Nelson. Senator Nelson doesn’t need to run on his father’s name – he has his own long-proven record to stand on. Check out Mr. Mack’s dismal voting record (or lack thereof) at: http://www.politifact.com/florida/statements/2012/jul/25/dave-weldon/weldon-connie-mack-missed-almost-half-votes/

  2. ozmo Says:

    They must have let Mack out of rehab to do the tailgate thing. Sure hope he stayed away from the booze.

  3. He's gotta GO! Says:

    Bill Nelson has eaten at the public trough in FL for over 40 years and in that time can FLoridians say what Nelson has done during those 40 years?

    We KNOW that Nelson reduced his property tax by having someone place 6 cows on property he owns and then claimed a reduced agricultural tax on the property.

    And what the hell did Nelson do to stem the tide of tens of thousands of lost spaceworkers jobs in Florida? Those jobs are now being sent to CALIFORNIA, VIRGINA!

    Nelson did nothing to keep the space industry IN FLORIDA! We LOST GOOD PAYING JOBS that are going to OTHER STATES.

    NO ONE should spend over 40 years in FL political office and expect 6 more years and ESPECIALLY when there is NOT 1 single thing that the people in FL can attribute to Nelson.

    40 damn years and there is nothing to pinpoint what Nelson has done for FL.

    We know he’s filled his pockets with government paycheck, government healthcare, government pensions and benefits, but for FLORIDIANS-nothing from Nelson.

    The guy has gotta go. And shame on democrats for running him again and again and not letting other democrats into this position who WILL do something for FL!

    NO TO NELSON!

  4. Evil in our county Says:

    Palm Beach County Democrats are like the Palestinians in the Middle East…their way or no way.

  5. Mack needed to overturn ObamaCare Says:

    To overturn ObamaCare takes getting a new president and defeating democrat senators to gain a majority in the Senate.

    Republicans will keep the House.

    Go Connie Mack!

  6. thomas Says:

    This guy never shows up for work until now when it’s campaign time. He’s a typical politician who’s only real interest is himself. Time to vote this joker out and get someone who takes the job seriously.

  7. Downtown Danny Says:

    Mack is a complete FRAUD.
    He sent me flyers when he ran for congress with a photo of him, his wife & 2 kids touting his “Values” – he got to Congress and had affairs all over town, was exposed in local news as being in bars until closing time every night of the week, then missing his votes the next day and not showing up until 3 in the afternoon.
    He then left his wife & kids, refusing to pay them any support, they ended up on welfare living ina 1 bedroom apartment in Laduerdale – it took a Judge to Garnish Mack’s paycheck to get support from him. He then started an affair with Sonny Bono’s widow and at every recess went to Palm Springs with her, he never returned to Florida for 1-1/2 years, until his daddy told him he was running for the Senate.
    Mack has passed not one (1) bill or even been a co-sponsor of one (1) bill that passed. He has done nothing but destroy two kids and a poor girl who thought he loved her, but was just used by him for photo props.

  8. Disgusted Says:

    The Post Times doesn’t do articles on the HIGH COST OF GAS, the HIGH COST OF FOOD, OUR DEPENDENCE ON FOREIGN ENERGY, OUR FAILED FOREIGN POLICY in the Middle East and certainly the failure to adequately protect our servicemen and diplomats on the 9/11 anniversary.

    It’s just common sense to order beefed up security on that anniversary especially in the volatile Middle East in an unstable country.

    We can’t be friends with our enemies, we must always be on alert and President Obama and Hillary Clintond dropped the ball.

    We can’t afford to have our countrymen not taken care of. They need the best protection, weapons, not a casual attitude where their lives are in danger.

    President Obama has failed in his duty to adequately protect personnel in Libya and now we have a murdered and sodomized ambassador along with 3 other americans.

    It’s a travesty and a solid failure.

  9. HAHAHA Says:

    Mack must have been right at home among the keggers and the ‘honeys’tailgating with rest of the frat boys. Talk about abysmal failure? Your poster boy is Connie Mack IV. He doesn’t even LIVE in Florida. Typical Re-puke-ican. Like Rick Snott-not even from Florida but thinks he knows how to solve our problems.

  10. HAHAHA Says:

    @Disgusted-Like GW Bush protected America from the most devastating, horrific act of terrorism ever carried out on our soil when he had verified intelligence almost two months before it happened? What about dragging the U.S. into a war (with Iraq) under false pretenses and out and out lies? What about GW Bush telling the American people that taking out Osama Bin Laden ‘wasn’t a priority’ for his administration? Romney has a better plan? According to his own words: ‘The Israeli-Palestinian conflict will ‘work itself out’”. Really? You find that plan a better solution? Maybe you can vote to send Sarah Palin over to the Middle East as Secretary of State after Romney is elected. He pi$$ed off the British with his stupid comments, we can’t afford to test the already volatile waters with an abject moron.

  11. Marathon Runner Tracker Says:

    Great information. “Mack works tailgaters at FSU, UF games on bus tour” – interesting title John. Another good post John.

  12. Sung Says:

    This past week, Trump offered to give $5 million to a charity of Obama’s choice if he releases his college and passport records. Obama responded by telling his own joke about him and Trump fighting while growing up in Kenya. http://www.bit.ly/WRFiT5

Florida political tweeters
Video: Politics stories
Categories
Archives