U.S. Representative Connie Mack to enter U.S. Senate race, aide, says

Oct 26, 2011

The following article was published in The Florida Current on October 26, 2011:

Connie Mack to enter U.S. Senate race, aide says

U.S. Rep. Connie Mack, R-Fort Myers, is looking to jump into the Republican race for U.S. Senate to challenge Democratic incumbent Bill Nelson, The Miami Herald reports.

The Herald quoted Mack’s senior advisor, David James, as saying, “Connie Mack is running for the U.S. Senate.”

In the face of polls that show Nelson would beat any of his current challengers — former state House member Adam Hasner, former U.S. Sen. George LeMieux, former gubernatorial candidate Mike McCalister and former Ruths Chris steakhouse chief Craig Miller — Mack adds a big name to the mix. His father was a U.S. senator, and his wife, Mary Bono Mack, is a member of Congress and the widow of ’70s singer-turned-congressman Sonny Bono.

Nelson has a formidable campaign fund, raising about $2 million in the past quarter. Mack, who declined to enter the race this spring, currently has about $300,000 in campaign money.

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