Connie Mack won't run for Senate
March 25th, 2011
12:32 PM ET
12 years ago

Connie Mack won't run for Senate

(CNN) -Rep. Connie Mack has decided not to run for Senate, the Florida Republican announced Friday, a surprise to some political watchers who had considered him the likely frontrunner in what is expected to be a crowded field vying to take on incumbent Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson.

In an interview with the St. Petersburg Times Friday, the three-term congressman cited personal reasons for his decision not to enter the race.

"I've got two small children and it's hard enough to get to spend a lot of good quality time now. I have a wife. They are all very important to me and at the end of the day family has to be number one," he said.

State Senate President Mike Haridopolos, former U.S. Sen. George LeMieux, and former state House Majority Leader Adam Hasner are among those Republicans said to be considering a bid.

Mack is the son of former Sen. Connie Mack. He is also married to California Rep. Mary Bono Mack.

Filed under: 2012 • Connie Mack • Florida
soundoff (12 Responses)
  1. thomas

    Why would he run , he will make more money selling off the USA to outside corporate lobby.

    March 25, 2011 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  2. Max

    As far as running, Any Republican should consider running for their lives considering how much they destroyed this country.

    March 25, 2011 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  3. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    When a Republican says he's not running for "personal reasons" and then sites what they are that means this is only Chapter 1 of his story and Chapter 2 is to follow.

    March 25, 2011 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  4. Sorensen

    Connie who? Who is she?

    March 25, 2011 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  5. Mississippi Democrat

    How is he a Florida Rep. and he is "married" to Califorina's Rep Bono. What State is their legal Residence. This should have Tea Party Members in an upoar, since the uncertain issue around President Obama's legal residence.. Just saying Where do they pay state and ferderal taxes? The questions should be WT#$%?

    March 25, 2011 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  6. Debbie

    Wow! Does this mean that his wife "Rep. Mary Bono Mack" will actually visit her Palm Springs constituents now? Between DC and Florida we seldom see her.

    March 25, 2011 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  7. Marie MD

    A rethug not running for office IS news! That is until he declares his run for the presidency in 2012 and add his name in e barrel of clowns running!
    Then again, he IS a rethug so a scandal might not be far behind!

    March 25, 2011 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  8. ED FL

    Why would Mack put his health and retirement programs out on a limb when he can stay where he is and keep sucking up those benefits that he thinks are to extravagant for lower earning Americans. After scott the florida GOP will have to go to Cuba to stay in some type of office that gives out freebee programs for Questionable politicians espespecially GOP Politicians in Florida. They all may have to get into GOV scotts health Programs to become wealthier.

    March 25, 2011 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  9. R

    A question to those that have posted comments – do any of you know anything about this person, besides being a Republican? I'll be the first to admit that I don't, but on that same token, I won't judge him based on his political affiliation. It's sad that we call for more civility in politics, but yet we the people, can not or will not do the same on these posts. Seems to me that many are turning more into the people that they despise. Something to think about...

    March 25, 2011 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |

    Yeah, right. I smell an extra-marital affair all over this. . . stay tuned. . .

    March 25, 2011 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  11. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    A dozen people showed up this morning to listen to Californian Connie Mack say he would not run for senate. He has voted against Floridians at every juncture. He voted AGAINST: seniors, veterans, unemployed, help for the housing market, help for auto dealers 'cash for clunkers,' environmental safeguards, uninsured, and help for our everglades and gulf.

    March 25, 2011 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  12. fideauxdon

    The last intelligent Connie Mack managed the Philadelphia Athletics when I was a little boy, and I'm now 74! He wasn't a good Manager, but he had name recognition and managed until he was about 92. As a result of this, two or three Dumbomembers of his family have been elected to high office in Florida because the dumb Florida GOP voters think that this is the same guy. Think about it, morons. He's have to be a thousand years old!

    March 25, 2011 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |