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Daniel Ruth column: Slugging it out for U.S. Senate



This is hardly a point of personal honor, but by the time I turned 45 somehow I had managed get through life without being involved in numerous bar brawls.

And, it appears safe to say I like to drink as much as Connie Mack IV, whose record is 0-4 in road rage/gin mill bouts.

Indeed, it seems weird to see the name Connie Mack in the same sentences that also include "bar," "brawl," "property lien" and "overdraft fees." After all, Connie "The Glass Jaw" Mack is the namesake son of Florida's former Republican U.S. senator.

The elder Mack is a soft-spoken man of courtliness, impeccable manners and understated dignity.

As for the son? This is like discovering Ronald Reagan was the paterfamilias of Dennis Rodman.

Now the very junior Mack is running for the Senate. And in no time he became an opposition research operative's dream come true. Connie Mack IV is a Bacchus feast of personal finances that make Haiti look like the German economy with a history of unpaid bills, nightclub slugfests and, of course, a nasty divorce.

Column here.

[Last modified: Friday, February 24, 2012 9:18am]


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