In 2012, Florida is a battleground state that the GOP needs to win to take control of the Senate. There are already twelve GOP candidates running against Democrat incumbent Bill Nelson for this US Senate seat, and there may be more. Earlier I wrote about Marielena Stuart, the one who has not held public office. At the time I wrote supporting Marielena, I believed she would be the best candidate. On the Hannity show last night, Connie Mack officially announced that he is running for the US Senate seat currently held by incumbent Bill Nelson.
Connie Mack IV is the U.S. Representative for Florida’s 14th congressional district, serving since 2005. The district includes Fort Myers and Naples. Mack is a vocal supporter of less federal spending and lower taxes. He is a signer of the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. Additionally, he is an original co-sponsor of a constitutional amendment to require a balanced federal budget and has been one of the most outspoken opponents of federal bailouts. He scores a 91% with Heritage Action Scorecard. The scorecard is comprehensive, covering the full spectrum of conservatism, and includes legislative action on issues both large and small. 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 said he’s supporting Mack because he’s disappointed in the negative campaigning that’s dominated the GOP race thus far.
Until Connie Mack got into this contest, none of the announced GOP candidates had been able to top Bill Nelson in the polls. Connie Mack has a big advantage with everyone knowing his name. His father, Connie Mack III, served as a member of the United States House of Representatives (Florida, 1983-1989), and then as a Senator from 1989 to 2001. He served as chairman of the Senate Republican Conference, 1997–2001. He chose not to run for re-election for a third term, and retired. Democrat U.S. Congressman Bill Nelson won the open seat.
His great-grandfather, Connie Mack Sr, was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1937. His nickname on the field was “Slats.” The longest-serving manager in Major League Baseball history, he holds records for wins (3,731), losses (3,948), and games managed (7,755), with his victory total being almost 1,000 more than any other manager. He managed the Philadelphia Athletics for the club’s first 50 seasons of play before retiring at age 87 following the 1950 season, and was at least part-owner from 1901 to 1954. He was the first manager to win the World Series three times, and is the only manager to win consecutive Series on separate occasions (1910–11, 1929–30); his five Series titles remain the third most by any manager, and his nine American League pennants rank second in league history.
Connie Mack’s official announcement statement:
“Sadly, our country is moving in the direction of Greece and Italy. Liberal Senator Bill Nelson’s tireless support of President Obama have put our nation in great peril with the belief that government can spend its way to prosperity; President Obama and Senator Nelson have fought together in lockstep for one failed liberal policy after the next, putting the security of this nation on the brink by spending taxpayer dollars on programs Americans cannot afford and do not want.
“When Barack Obama wanted to pass his nationalized Healthcare over the objections of most Americans – Bill Nelson was there, fighting by his side, not once but three times.
“When Barack Obama wanted to pass his wasteful and failed stimulus packages – Bill Nelson was there, fighting by his side.
“When Barack Obama wanted to foist Cap & Trade on the American people – Bill Nelson was there, fighting by his side.
“When Barack Obama wanted to give new special deals to labor unions – Bill Nelson was there, fighting by his side.
“When Barack Obama wanted to recklessly raise the debt ceiling and wildly increase spending – Bill Nelson was there, fighting by his side.
“Bill Nelson has become Barack Obama’s closest friend and ally in the United States Senate. Together, these ‘LockStep Liberals’ are imperiling the future of our country and hurting the people of Florida. We can and must do better.
“My candidacy offers Floridians a true conservative alternative that puts our state and our country back on the road to prosperity with a track record of fiscal conservatism; a foreign policy that leads and knows our friends from our foes; a fiscal plan to balance the budget and restore our economic freedom; and the proven willingness to fight for our principles, no matter who is in the White House, or who controls the Congress.
“The days of Bill Nelson’s liberal, big government programs are over.”