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Connie Mack IV ticking off people as he mulls congressional run

Connie Mack IV, the former congressman from Fort Myers who ran unsuccessfully against Sen. Bill Nelson in 2012, told Politico last night he was "processing" the decision by U.S. Rep. Curt Clawson not to seek another term, when asked if he might run for his old seat.

We haven't back from CM4, now a lobbyist, so don't know how seriously he is processing this. If he is interested, though, his would-be campaign is already off to a mighty rocky start, considering the number of folks he ticked off this week. Mack represents bondholders owed money by Puero Rico is lobbying against a fiscal rescue plan for Puerto Rico that would allow it to restructure some $70-billion in debt, and he sent a letter to Republican House members listing conservative groups and individuals opposed to the plan.

Unfortunately, a bunch of the people on Mack's list of opponents say they should not have been:

 "...NTU has NOT registered opposition to H.R. 4900, nor has NTU announced that it will urge Members to vote against the next draft," Pete Sepp, president of the National Taxpayers Union wrote House members, correcting the record after Mack's memo.

Politico found quite a few more people accusing Mack of incorrectly invoking their names, including Speaker Paul Ryan's office: “The deceptive efforts to mislead on Puerto Rico have backfired as members understand this is not a bailout,” AshLee Strong, a spokeswoman for House Speaker Paul Ryan, emailed POLITICO. Ryan has helped push for a deal to help Puerto Rico avert default. “We look forward to moving a solution to protect taxpayers and fulfill our constitutional duties.”

"He's going to come under a lot of fire from people he's misrepresenting," Javier Ortiz, executive director of the Puerto Rico Economic Recovery Initiative, which supports the legislation, said of Mack. "I'm quite dismayed, surprised, speechless that he would stoop so low just for however much money he's being paid."

[Last modified: Friday, May 20, 2016 1:47pm]


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