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Fla.'s Connie Mack to Run For US Senate

Thursday, 27 Oct 2011 06:48 AM

Although he initially declined to enter U.S. Senate race, Florida Congressman Connie Mack has changed his mind.

"Connie Mack is running for the U.S. Senate. He is making calls. He is assembling a team. And he will have more to announce about the run in the weeks ahead," David James, a senior adviser, told The Miami Herald.

Mack, R-Fort Myers, had said he did not plan to run after two of his former colleagues from the Florida House, Adam Hasner and Mike Haridopolos, threw their hat in the race.

Haridopolos has since dropped out. None of the others "caught fire," the Herald reports, including Hasner, former Sen. George LeMieux, former gubernatorial candidate Mike McCalister and former Ruths Chris steakhouse chief Craig Miller.

Polls show incumbent Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson will easily defeat  them.

"Mack brings a big name to the campaign," the Herald said. "His father was a U.S. Senator from Florida. Mack, as a sitting congressman, can tap vast resources in D.C. Right now, though he has about $300,000 in campaign cash. His wife, Mary Bono Mack, is also a member of Congress and was married to 70s singer-turned-congressman Sonny Bono before his death. She, too, can help with fundraising."

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