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Would Mack back Weldon? His campaign won't say

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August

Asked if U.S. Rep. Connie Mack would support Dr. Dave Weldon in the off-chance of an upset in the GOP U.S. Senate primary, Mack campaign spokesman David James wouldn't bite.

"I would expect that under direction of your boss and Bill Nelson's Communications Director, Adam Smith, that these types of questions are going to continue until August 14. Ridiculous," James replied in an e-mail.

The reference to Times political editor Adam Smith is typical of the Mack campaign, which is stirring up its base by waging a public war on Smith and blocking other Times/Herald reporters who cover the race. Tensions escalated after the Times editorial board recommended Weldon over Mack on July 15.

Smith doesn't sit on the Times editorial board and had nothing to do with the endorsement.

Polls predict Mack will score a landslide victory in the primary, and face off against Democratic incumbent U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, who's seeking his third term. Yet, so few people vote in the primaries, the results can be unpredictable.

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[Last modified: Thursday, August 2, 2012 11:57am]

    

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