The Mack Name Advantage

By: Troy Kinsey Email
By: Troy Kinsey Email

TALLAHASSEE 6/15/2012 -- At first glance, Connie Mack has been one busy man.

First he played Major League ball, then managed a Major League team.
Then he went to Washington to represent Florida in both the House and Senate, then left.

Today, he's in the House again, trying to win your vote to go back to the Senate.

Even though he'll appear on ballot as 'Connie Mack', he's not the baseball player, not the manager, not the Senator, but *Cornelius McGillicuddy 'Connie Mack' the fourth.

It's a point his Republican primary opponent, George LeMieux, is making a central part of his campaign.

"I'm running against a hundred years of name recognition, but it's not his name recognition - it's his father's," said LeMieux.

Florida politics is no stranger to dynasties. Even today, there are husbands and wives, fathers and sons, serving at the Capitol, and they all have one thing in common, their last name.

For them, and now for Mack, it can be an invaluable tool on election day.
He has a commanding lead in the GOP primary field. In fact he's now thinking beyond the primary and refusing to take part in any debates with his Republican opponents.

Mack says a GOP dogfight would only weaken his chances against Democratic incumbent Bill Nelson come November.

Many voters may not know the Mack they plan to cast a ballot for isn't the Mack they might be thinking of.

However, political strategist Gary Yordon says in campaigns, as in war all is fair.

"If you're Tony Mussolini, it's going to hurt you. If you're Connie Mack, it's going to help you. It's really not his fault his dad named him Connie Mack and it shouldn't not allow him to run, but it is a distinct advantage," said Yordon.

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  • by Hammer on Jun 17, 2012 at 06:38 PM
    If this California resident gets elected, it will put a whole new meaning to the phrase, "Long legged Mack Daddy!"
  • by Master Reginald Romney Location: one of my several vacation homes on Jun 17, 2012 at 05:42 PM
    Connie Mack is my kind of Republican. He has traded off his famous name his entire life, just as I have. By his age, I was worth a couple hundred million dollars, so I suspect he's even less qualified than I am. So what? He has that famous uncle, the football player. That's all he needs.
  • by Anonymous on Jun 17, 2012 at 02:11 PM
    Mack is a Tea Party cretin.
  • by Anonymous on Jun 17, 2012 at 05:44 AM
    Mack voted for the FISA Amendments Act of 2008, as did Nelson, as did Obama. He's a genius. Mack received a BS from UF at age 26! Mack has co-sponsored a Balanced Budget Amendment. He talks in his youtube video about a balanced federal budget. In these times? Go directly to Depression, do not pass Go, do not collect $200. Connie "A for Austerity" Mack. This is an impressive guy.
  • by Fed up Location: Tlh on Jun 16, 2012 at 03:50 PM
    I understand he is married to Sonny Bono's widow of California, and she holds his old seat. It would be interesting to know how much taxpayer money Mack has spent flying back and forth to California to be with her, and just how effective a representative he has been for Florida all this time, as I understand he has missed most of the votes. Not son like father, this time around. Nelson needs to be unseated, but Mack is not your man, as he has way too much going on in his personal life to do any voting for the good of the taxpayers. He also needs to be voted out of the House. Get educated as to how this politician is doing things his way, not the taxpayers' way.
  • by No thanks on Jun 16, 2012 at 11:12 AM
    Without participating in any debates, I will certainly not be voting for him. Ya don't usually get a job without an interview.
  • by Mike Location: TLH on Jun 16, 2012 at 05:15 AM
    ANYONE other than Obamaclone Bill Nelson! He has voted with Obama 97% of the time. Let's make him tear his lips away from Obama's posterior and leave Washington!
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      by Hammer Time on Jun 16, 2012 at 07:31 PM in reply to Mike
      Nelson has been used up for years. It is time to replace him, but lets do it with a current Florida resident.
  • by Tom Location: TLH on Jun 16, 2012 at 05:08 AM
    No participation in debates?? How 'bout NO voter participation in his campaign? This kind of arrogance needs to be rewarded with unemployment.
  • by Anonymous on Jun 16, 2012 at 04:10 AM
    This Connie Mack is in the twilight of an undistinguished House career and needs your vote to begin an undistinguished Senate career.
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      by 86GOPGator on Jun 16, 2012 at 07:04 AM in reply to
      As an informed voter, I know who Connie Mack, the baseball manager is, who Connie Mack the Senator is and who Connie Mack the candidate it. I also know who George LeMieux is - the one who was "given" the office of U.S. Senator by his best friend, mentor and former boss - Charlie Crist! Connie Mack is an effective spokesperson for limited government and fiscal responsibility. George LeMieux is a Charlie Crist RINO Republican! I urge all Floridians to vote for Connnie Mack IV this September and then in November! He has my vote.
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        by Anonymous on Jun 16, 2012 at 08:51 PM in reply to 86GOPGator
        There is a youtube video from May 5, 2011, uploaded by Mack in which Mack discusses his opposition to raising the debt ceiling. Fiscal responsibility? He's a buffoon, in the Allen West category.
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      by GOP Anonymous on Jun 16, 2012 at 07:11 AM in reply to
      I know Charlie Crist, I know George LeMieux, I know Charlie LeMieux and I know George Crist .... oh! wait a minute -- aren't they one in the same --RINO Republicans? No thanks!, I'm voting for Connie Mack IV!
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        by Hammer Time on Jun 16, 2012 at 07:31 PM in reply to GOP Anonymous
        You mean California Connie?
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        by St. James on Jun 16, 2012 at 07:44 PM in reply to GOP Anonymous
        Remember a vote for Connie Mack is a vote against,Nelson,Pelosi,Reid,obama,Putin,Castro.
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          by Jess on Jun 17, 2012 at 02:08 PM in reply to St. James
          How about replacing Bendover Nelson with someone besides California Conman Mack.
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