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Mack calls questions about his living arrangements a 'cheap political shot'

Seeking a new angle against Connie Mack, U.S. Senate candidate George LeMieux is trying to amplify questions about where Mack spends his time outside Washington. Mack's wife, Rep. Mary Bono Mack is from California, but he says he's rarely there. LeMieux says he should prove it with travel records.

During a stop in Tallahassee last week as part of his XL pipeline advocacy at a gas station, Times/Herald reporter Katie Sanders asked Mack about his living situation. "The question they (opponents) try to get to is, am I spending all of my time in California? And it's just not true. As many times as I've answered that ... last year I think I spent maybe 11 days in California," he said.

"What I'm saying is this, it's political fodder that my opponents like to spin. But to give you an example, monday I was in Miami. Tuesday morning in
Miami, Tuesday afternoon in Fort Myers, Tuesday evening here in Tallahassee, then we went to Panama City, Pensacola, back here in Tallahassee, then we're going to go to Jacksonville, then we're going to Fort Lauderdale, then we go to Fort Myers, then we go to Orlando, then I go back to DC for votes.

This is campaigning, you would expect that. What about day to day?

"I just gave you every day. This is my home, this is where I live, and this is a cheap political shot by my opponents that other than the press and my opponent, no one asks. It's not on their mind. They're not concerned about it. They know that this is where I am."

[Last modified: Monday, May 7, 2012 11:22am]


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