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With Hasner out of way, LeMieux says it's time to pick apart Connie Mack's record



George LeMieux weighs in on Adam Hasner's exit from the GOP U.S. Senate primary:

“It is vitally important we keep Florida’s House districts in Republican hands and I wish Adam and Jillian Hasner the best of luck in their upcoming endeavors.

“With Hasner and Craig Miller’s departures this week, the US Senate race is now in clearer focus.  Connie Mack Jr. currently leads in the polls but there is no doubt his lead stems entirely from having a well known name, inherited from his respected father and great-grandfather.

“There are seven months remaining until the Republican primary election.  That is more than ample time for Republican voters to look behind the famous name and examine Mack Jr’s. record in Florida and Washington.  That record is filled with votes for higher spending, raising the debt limit, thousands of wasteful earmarks like Alaska’s Bridge to Nowhere, multiple pay raises for himself, and opposition to common sense efforts to stop illegal immigration.  When I served in the United States Senate, I never requested an earmark, refused to raise the debt ceiling, and I fought for stricter enforcement of our laws against illegal immigration.”

“Florida Republicans deserve a campaign, not a coronation. With a skyrocketing $15 trillion debt and record unemployment, there is too much at stake to simply hand the Senate seat over to someone with a famous last name. I am absolutely committed to a vigorous primary campaign, which will ultimately strengthen our party’s nominee and prepare them for the real battle against liberal Senator Bill Nelson.”

[Last modified: Wednesday, February 1, 2012 5:24pm]


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