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Buzz: Connie Mack will endorse Haridopolos



UPDATE Monday a.m. The endorsement is now official.

"For too long Bill Nelson’s liberal record has been at odds with Floridians. From his support of ObamaCare, his opposition to tax cuts and his recent attempt to further bankrupt our state and federal government with his support of an unnecessary rail line, Bill Nelson can no longer be trusted with our tax dollars. Mike Haridopolos has confronted the challenges of our day with a steadfast commitment to freedom, limited government, and fiscal responsibility and I am proud to stand with him to put Florida and our country back on a path of economic and job growth," said Rep. Mack. "I remember fondly Mike’s participation in the Freedom Caucus in Tallahassee and his watchful eye on the state budget as President of the Senate.  I ask all Florida Republicans today to join me in my support of Mike Haridopolos for the U.S. Senate."

Rep. Connie Mack is set to endorse Mike Haridopolos for U.S. Senate, a source tells the Buzz.

Mack, who was considering a Senate run himself, recently attended a D.C. fundraiser for Haridopolos. They are friends but Haridopolos also has power over the redistricting process now under way, a possible consideration. Mack has offered indirect criticism, saying it was a political mistake for Republicans not to back the House GOP plan to overhaul Medicare, an issue Haridopolos has struggled with.

Mack blasts Sen. Bill Nelson for supporting "unnecessary rail line," but so did Haridopolos until he changed position as a Senate candidate, earning h him a "full-flop" on PolitFact Florida's Flip-O-Meter.

[Last modified: Monday, June 27, 2011 8:31am]


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