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Connie Mack blasts Joe Kennedy at CPAC



U.S. Rep. and potential U.S. Senate candidate Connie Mack addressed CPAC Saturday with a speech criticizing the Obama administration for failing to recognize the threat from "thugocrat" Hugo Chavez. The sparsely attended speech was one of of the only foreign policy addresses at CPAC and  Mack blasted former Massachussetts Rep. Joe Kennedy for appearing in ads praising Citgo, which is controlled by Chavez, for delivering crude oil to Kennedy's non-profit group, Citizens Energy Corp.

" You know, I come from a baseball family with a deep baseball heritage. So I take personally the insult to America's greatest game  that the Chavez-controlled company that Joe Kennedy shills for, Citgo, has up in Joe's hometown, Boston,'' Mack said. "I am talking about the giant citgo sign that looms over over the hallowed Green Monster in Boston's Fenway Park. If Joe Kennedy wants to show he is really concerned about some things Chavez is doing, he can see to it that the Boston Citgo sign is turned off. He can see to it that the Fenway park Citgo sign is covered up until freedom and democracy return to Venezuala."

The speech drew a mostly tepid response, except for Mack's call to increase domestic drilling.

[Last modified: Saturday, February 12, 2011 11:41am]


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