Tag Archives: Connie Mack

Rep. Connie Mack Shakes Up 2012 U.S Senate Race in Florida

It is now official: U.S. Congressman Connie Mack has entered the 2012 U.S Senate race to challenge incumbent Democrat Bill Nelson in Florida. Long-time heavily entrenched Democrat Nelson was leading by a wide margin in recent polling against what many considered to be a weak field of inexperienced Republicans with little to no name recognition up until this point, which currently includes Army Col. Mike McCalister, former state Rep. Adam Hasner, former Ruth’s Chris Steak House CEO Craig Miller and former Sen. George LeMieux.

Connie Mack has both name recognition and a wealth of experience serving in the Florida House of Representatives from 2000 – 2003 before being elected to the U.S. Congress in 2004. His father was also a former U.S. Senator. Mack is also a solid conservative who has has worked to support the free market system and reduce the size and scope of the federal government’s interference with our personal freedoms. Mack believes that the private sector, and not the government, creates new jobs, and he has been a vocal opponent of the countless financial sector bailouts, the failed stimulus plan and the Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac takeover. He has also been very vocal in calling for the repeal of Obama-care.

While Mack has the experience of a total of eleven years of being an elected official, he also carries the air of a true conservative fighting against the big government agenda of Senator Bill Nelson’s Liberal Democratic party. It will be very interesting to see how Floridians feel towards Rep. Mack’s U.S. Senate bid in the upcoming polls. The most recent Shark Tank Senate Republican Primary poll shows Adam Hasner leading with over 51%, Col Mike McCalister in second at 26.5% and current Senator George LeMieux at 15.8%.

Currently, Adam Hasner appears to have had the most support from the Republican party in Florida, even though Senator John McCain threw his early support behind the Charlie Crist re-make in George LeMieuz whom Crist appointed when he was Governor. Fill-in Senator LeMieux is fading and will not be a real contender in this primary. Connie Mack’s emergence will surely take some support from Hasner, while also cutting Col. Mike McCalister’s chances for election dramatically.

 Rep. Mack has a lifetime American Conservative Union rating of 93.3 percent and has been a prominent advocate for cutting federal spending. Mack spoke out against Arizona’s immigration law in 2010 which could prove problematic to many conservative Republican voters in Florida. In 2009, Mack also joined the misguided GOP establishment in supporting the Republican-turned-Independent-turned-Liberal Charlie Crist’s bid against eventual winner Marco Rubio in the 2010 U.S. Senate election.

Big Government Liberal Bill Nelson already has about $8 million dollars in his war chest for reelection, due in large part to his longtime connections with DC lobbyists and crony-capitalists that are at the very root of today’s massive national debt of $15 trillion dollars. Connie Mack’s conservative credentials should allow him to quickly raise enough cash to put up a stiff challenge for Bill Nelson’s current U.S. Senate seat in the upcoming elections, and as we saw in the 2010 mid-term elections, the candidate with the most money doesn’t guarantee them a win here in Florida. Should Mack defeat front-running Hasner in the primaries, then the 2012 Florida U.S. Senate race will simply come down to a choice of two candidates: Incumbent Senator Bill Nelson’s record of big government Liberal debt-spending vs. the solidly conservative Connie Mack’s message of a limited government that allows the free market system to enhance American freedom and prosperity for all.

 

 

Mack: FEMA Flap Just Latest of White House Lies

WASHINGTON, Sept. 27, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Congressman Connie Mack (FL-14) blasted President Obama and White House officials this afternoon for lying to the American public and employing scare tactics in order to coerce Congress into passing more unnecessary spending. In a letter to fellow members of Congress, Mack cites the Administration’s use of “false numbers and moving timelines” in their attempt to gain more funding for FEMA.

Mack stated: “The American people and each of us should be outraged by this recurring game being foisted upon us by an Administration that believes there is no difference between telling the truth and telling a lie when it suits their purposes.”

Sadly, this is not the first time the White House has knowingly lied to the American people to get what they wanted. This President personally promised “shovel-ready” jobs in 2009 for a stimulus that produced no jobs and is a drag on the economy. That same year he promised lower health care costs if Congress passed his health care bill, only to see costs soar. More recently, he moved the debt ceiling deadline a full two and a half months, from May to August, and threatened to stop benefits to veterans and social security checks to seniors, prompting Americans to question whether the ultimatums from and motives of this White House are valid.

“Democrats and Republicans alike need to let the President and his White House know that we are fed up with their lies and tired of their tactics,” Mack added.

A copy of Congressman Mack’s letter can be found below:

September 27, 2011

Dear Colleague:

It is clearer than ever that this Administration cannot tell the truth.

In this latest example, the President and his advisers used false numbers and moving timelines to scare both the public and the Congress into taking action on legislative matters under false pretenses.  They even duped Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid into believing that FEMA would run out of money when they knew it wasn’t true, making him lie to the rest of the Congress.  It’s a disgrace.

The American people and each of us should be outraged by this recurring game being foisted upon us by an Administration that believes there is no difference between telling the truth and telling a lie when it suits their purposes.

Democrats and Republicans alike need to let the President and his White House know that we are fed up with their lies and tired of their tactics.

Sincerely,

CONNIE MACK

Member of Congress

Mack Introduces Resolution of No Confidence in Treasury Secretary Geithner in U.S. House

Congressman Connie Mack (R-FL) today announced that he will be introducing  to the House a resolution for a vote of no confidence in Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner. This vote mirrors the Senate proposal by Sen. Rand Paul last night.

The measure points out Geithner’s mismanagement of the U.S. economy as the reason for the vote and Rep. Mack said, “Secretary Geithner repeatedly predicted that if the debt limit was not raised, the stock markets would crumble and our nation’s AAA Credit Rating would be reduced. Despite some Members’ very public objections, the Congress as a whole went along and raised the debt ceiling as Geithner demanded. Immediately after, the foremost global financial markets fell precipitously, andStandard and Poor’s reduced  America’s Credit Rating.  In short everything Secretary Geithner promised would not happen has happened because we raised the debt ceiling.  It’s time for a change and I commend Senator Paul for taking the legislative lead to invoke change in the Administration.”

The failed promise Geithner made that the nation’s credit rating would never be downgraded is being added onto a growing stack of failures:

  • Promised more infrastructure spending would create jobs, the unemployment rate has hovered over 9%.
  • Promised never to embrace a strategy to weaken the U.S. dollar, the dollar has hit an all time low in value.

His recent statements that the U.S. could just print money to pay off any debt shows a real disconnect with the American people. Using the printing press to create a deluge of cash to pay off mounting debt would certainly decrease the value of the greenback and create massive inflation. The price increases on food, clothing, electricity and other needs would likely push many U.S. families over a financial cliff.

Mack concluded: “Secretary’s Geithner’s management of our nation’s assets is as appalling as asking hard-working Americans to pay more in taxes when he didn’t pay his own.  The writing was on the wall when Secretary Geithner was nominated by President Obama.”

These resolutions are non-binding and will likely have no effect other than raising awareness of the Treasury’s failure to get a handle on the American economy. In 1950, Congress successfully passed a vote of no confidence against Secretary of State Dean Acheson over his failure to report to Congress on the Truman-Churchill talks. The successful vote did eventually pressure Truman to answer that no commitments to Britain had been made for troops.

What is not immediately clear is what is expected from the motion against Geithner. Sen. Paul had demanded that the Secretary resign, but with no ability to enforce such a motion, little action is expected.