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Playing rough with rough: Republicans go after Nelson's son for drunken behavior



Sen. Bill Nelson is as wild as Mr. Rogers.

His son, however, has displayed a party boy image, and today the National Republican Senatorial Committee highlights an arrest incident as a counter on Sen. Nelson's attack ad highlighting Connie Mack's brawling days.

“It is disappointing that 40-year politician Bill Nelson would use an event that took place in his opponent's personal life 20 years ago to distract from his own abysmal record," says NRSC executive director Rob Jesmer. "Such an attack is particularly surprising, considering that Nelson's own son was recently arrested for both disorderly intoxication and assaulting a police officer.  Senator Nelson, perhaps more than most people, should recognize that his attempt to leverage a person's youthful mistakes for his own political advantage is shameful.

“Floridians deserve better than the type of gutter-style politics that Senator Nelson is engaging in.  Senator Nelson should explain to Floridians why under his watch we’ve now had 42 straight months of unemployment above 8 percent, a federal debt that’s now approaching $16 trillion and massive cuts to Medicare that he voted for even after admitting they would hurt Florida seniors."

UPDATE: Nelson campaign manager Pete Mitchell: "All his life, Connie Mack IV has made excuses for his behavior and tried to blame others. It's time he took responsibility for himself. Bill Nelson's son isn't running for the Senate. Connie Mack is. After hiding behind nearly $10 million in negative attacks against Bill Nelson, Mack's long history of irresponsible behavior and his record in office is now in the spotlight. And it isn't a pretty picture."

[Last modified: Friday, August 3, 2012 12:50pm]


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