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AP details Connie Mack's past altercations



From the Associated Press:

A younger Connie Mack IV explained two road rage incidents, an arrest at a Jacksonville bar and a bar fight with a Major League Baseball star the same way: He was minding his own business, sober and trouble found him.

Now that Mack is a 44-year-old member of Congress and running for Senate, he and his campaign have chalked up the string of altercations as Mack being "young and foolish." But while suing former Atlanta Braves outfielder Ron Gant, Mack told lawyers that he was the victim and he didn't instigate anything during any of the incidents.

"So you were just again the unlucky guy in the wrong place at the wrong time?" a lawyer asked him during a deposition after Mack answered questions about each of the altercations. "I guess so," Mack responded.

If so, it was an incredible string of bad luck. His opponent in the Republican primary, former Sen. George LeMieux, is trying to depict the altercations, the last of which was when Mack was 24, as part of a pattern of irresponsible behavior that shows Mack doesn't have the temperament to serve as a senator. Mack's campaign says the focus should now be on issues and Mack's congressional record, not on incidents from 20 to 25 years ago.

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[Last modified: Monday, March 12, 2012 12:02pm]


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