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Earmarks Rep. Connie Mack delivered could hurt him in Florida Senate race



There was a time in U.S. Rep. Connie Mack's career when his website proudly highlighted a hometown newspaper article praising him for "bringing home the federal bacon."

That was so 2008.

Today, Republican voters want a diet. And Mack, a candidate for U.S. Senate, is fending off his fellow Republican opponents who are bashing him for voting for billions of dollars in earmarks since his election to Congress in 2004.

Mack says he's "proud" of the earmarks he submitted for his Southwest Florida district — namely for widening Interstate 75. But he says he supports a new moratorium on earmarks because times have changed and the budget process had been abused by others.

"We fought for a fair return on tax dollars for my district. But certainly, we're at a different time and place right now. And that is a $15 trillion debt that, with the passage of the increasing of the debt ceiling, will be $17 trillion," he said. "We're in a very dangerous place." (story here)

[Last modified: Saturday, December 17, 2011 8:20pm]


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