Former Sen. Connie Mack Accuses Media of Trying 'To Save, Promote Bill Nelson and Barack Obama'

GOP Senate hopeful U.S. Rep. Connie Mack’s team brought out their candidate’s father -- former U.S. Sen. Connie Mack III who held the seat for two terms before retiring before the 2000 election cycle -- on Wednesday to slam a piece published in the Miami Herald and the Tampa Bay Times over the weekend that insisted his son’s campaign was “underwhelming.”

The Miami Herald also published a piece on Wednesday that maintained that the campaign of former U.S. Sen. George LeMieux, Mack’s main rival in the Republican primary, was “in trouble.” On Monday, in a blog piece on the Mack camp’s response to the possibility of state CFO Jeff Atwater entering the contest, the Tampa Bay Times ran a picture of Alfred E. Neuman, the iconic mascot of Mad Magazine, asking his catch phrase question, “What, me worry?”

In an email sent out to supporters of his son and prominent Republicans across the state on Wednesday, the elder Mack attacked the piece on his son as “transparent” and “partisan.” He also said those papers have a history of such behavior, and wanted his Democrat opponent in the 1988 Senate election -- Buddy MacKay who would go on to serve as governor for less than a month after the death of Lawton Chiles in late 1998 -- "to win" that contest.

Calling the article on his son “ridiculous and outrageous,” Mack accused the “left-wing media” of being in “full attack mode on a mission to save and promote Bill Nelson and Barack Obama.”
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