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Fla GOP Chairman Lenny Curry calls for less nastiness in US Sen primary

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chairman-lenny-curry.jpgU.S. Rep. Connie Mack may be well ahead of the field in the Republican U.S. Senate primary, but hardly a day goes by when Adam Hasner or George LeMieux fails to slam the Fort Myers Republican as a creature of Washington who used to love earmarks and Charlie Crist but  loathes tough anti-immigration laws.

There's no question the senate underdogs need to raise doubts about Mack if they have have any shot at overcome the name recognition Mack inherited from his father, former U.S. Sen. Connie Mack. But eight months of attacks could take a serious toll on Mack or whoever wins the GOP nomination in August when it comes time to focus on incumbent Democrat Bill Nelson.

That danger is not lost on Florida Republican Chairman Lenny Curry.

"Given Bill Nelson’s lockstep support for Obama’s liberal agenda, I trust that the Republicans in the U.S. Senate race will tell us more about their plan to defeat Nelson and how they will govern," Curry told Buzz, when asked about the tenor of the senate primary. "When I see Republican versus Republican messages, I recall Ronald Reagan’s Eleventh Commandment: Thou shalt not speak ill of any fellow Republican.  Florida Republicans share a commitment to balanced budgets, reduced spending, and getting Florida back to work. It is important for our candidates to spend their time communicating this message for victory in 2012.

Curry is sending a clear message to the Republican senate candidates. The likelihood they heed it? A lot less clear.

[Last modified: Friday, December 9, 2011 12:53pm]

    

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