Mack to follow in father's footsteps?
October 27th, 2011
08:26 AM ET
10 years ago

Mack to follow in father's footsteps?

(CNN) - Add another name to the high profile Senate battle in Florida.

Republican Rep. Connie Mack has decided to make a bid, after passing on a run earlier this year for the GOP Senate nomination in the Sunshine State, a Republican source confirms to CNN.

Mack endorsed state Senate president Mike Haridopolos earlier in the race, but Haridopolos ended his bid over the summer. The four-term federal lawmaker represents Florida's 14th congressional district, in the Southwestern part of the state, but as the son of a former two-term U.S. senator with the same first name, Mack has statewide name recognition.

Former appointed Sen. George LeMieux, former state Rep. Adam Hasner and Col. Mike McCalister have all launched Senate campaigns.

The winner of next year's primary will face off against two-term Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson.

Two of the top handicappers, the non-partisan Cook and Rothenberg political reports, both consider the race competitive but give a slight advantage to the Democrats.

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Filed under: 2012 • Congress • Connie Mack • Florida • House • Senate
soundoff (11 Responses)
  1. ConservaFASCISTS/TeaHadists/Tea Queda/TeaLiban

    If the first three letters of your name is "CON," I guess you are suited to be a republican candidate.

    October 27, 2011 08:31 am at 8:31 am |
  2. mgc tampa

    Enought of the dynastys, we need new blood not someone who thinks he is entitled because Daddy held the seat.

    October 27, 2011 08:38 am at 8:38 am |
  3. Rudy NYC

    Sionehow I don't think Republicans are going to be very popular with Florida voters in 2012. You can thank their crooked governer for that. How or why they voted that guy into office defies conventional wisdom, but it is consistent with the deceptions and scams Republicans have been running on the public for decades. It all comes to a head in 2012.

    October 27, 2011 08:46 am at 8:46 am |
  4. Peter Johnson

    I am glad that you are running for the Senate, Connie. I had voted against you every time that you ran for the House, but you did not have much competition here in Lee County. I would never vote for somebody who does not actually live here. Now, the whole state of Florida will be able to vote against you and hopefully the voters will give you the freedom to go and live with your wife in California. Look at te bright side, Connie: at least you will not have to make the half-hearted effort to show up in Fort Myers anymore.

    October 27, 2011 08:50 am at 8:50 am |
  5. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    California resident, Mack has promised to vote to shut down government, end socialist programs(like social security, medicare, VA benefits, post office), has voted against workers in Florida his entire career. To the teabaggers, that makes him a perfect candidate.

    October 27, 2011 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  6. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    In Rubio, we already have a clown in the senate, why put another republican in office?

    October 27, 2011 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  7. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Mack knows if you are going to get BIG money from the Kochs, you need to run for a higher office than congress.

    October 27, 2011 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  8. mgc tampa

    Give me a break, just because daddy held the seat does not mean we want a do over. New blood please, someone that understands governing is about compromise and someone that won't buy into the mitch mcconnell bs.

    October 27, 2011 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  9. Peter Johnson

    Hey, Connie, I refused to vote for you when you ran for the House because you are a carpetbagger, and I will not vote for you when you run for the Senate. Please move to California and live there with your wife. That way, you will not have to even make the feeble effort to visit Fort Myers anymore.

    October 27, 2011 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  10. Debbie

    So I have a question: IF Mack runs for Senate will Mary Bono Mack still be able to be the Palm Springs, CA representative? Where do the two live? As a conservative GOP couple in government do they not live together as husband and wife?

    October 27, 2011 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  11. Lolo

    Mark Rubio you have been voted off.

    October 27, 2011 10:30 am at 10:30 am |