Connie Mack IV
American politician
Connie Mack IV
Cornelius Harvey McGillicuddy IV, popularly known as Connie Mack IV, is the U.S. Representative for, serving since 2005. He is a member of the Republican Party. Mack is the 2012 Republican U. S Senate nominee. He is running against Democratic incumbent Bill Nelson.
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Trey Radel's Promising Career Derailed By Cocaine Bust
Huffington Post - over 3 years
FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — From the outset, U.S. Rep. Trey Radel — a brash and digitally savvy darling of the political right — was determined to make a name for himself. And so he has. Just 10 months after being sworn in as a member of Congress, the rookie Republican — who supported drug testing for food stamp recipients and championed cuts in sheep-farm subsidies, of all things — pleaded guilty to cocaine possession, took a leave of absence from politics and checked into a Naples rehabilitation center. It was his purchase of 3.5 grams of cocaine from an undercover officer in Dupont Circle last month that caused it all to unravel. In a flash, an ambitious lawmaker known to few outside southwest Florida became America's "Cocaine Congressman," the first sitting member of Congress to be charged with a drug offense in more than three decades. "I hope, like family, southwest Florida can forgive me for this. I've let them down," he said in an emotional late-night press conference Wednesday ...
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GOP's Mack Still Struggling Against Fla. Incumbent
NPR - over 4 years
Florida Republican Rep. Connie Mack IV easily won his party's nomination to take on Sen. Bill Nelson, considered vulnerable and the only Democrat holding a statewide office in the state. The son of respected former senator Connie Mack III, Mack's name is well known, but he's not caught fire with Republicans and Independents. He trails Nelson by several points and is under-performing GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney in Florida. NPR's Greg Allen reports. » E-Mail This     » Add to
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Mack IV, Nelson advance to US Senate showdown
San Francisco Chronicle - over 4 years
Mack IV, Nelson advance to US Senate showdown Associated Press Copyright 2012 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Updated 8:20 p.m., Tuesday, August 14, 2012 (AP) — Democrat incumbent Bill Nelson easily won his primary challenge Tuesday, advancing his bid for a third term in the U.S. Senate to the Nov. 6 general election when he'll face conservative Republican U.S. Rep. Connie Mack IV, but a veteran GOP congressman was on the verge of losing in a major upset. In the race to replace Mack in southwest Florida, radio talk show host Trey Radel was the winner in a field of six candidates that included two sitting state lawmakers and Chauncey Goss, son of former U.S. Rep. and CIA director Porter Goss. Former state Senate President Tom Lee made a successful bid to get back to that chamber, defeating state Rep. Rachel Burgin following a nasty campaign battle b ...
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Meet Connie Mack IV, the Republican Scion Who Could Take Down Florida’s Last Democratic Holdout
The New Republic - over 4 years
For years, Florida Republicans have believed that the senate seat occupied by Democrat Bill Nelson should—and could—be theirs. And it’s often seemed easy enough: First elected to the Florida House in 1972, the moderate legislator has managed to spend 30 years cultivating an image that is nothing above mediocre. A recent poll found that just over a third of voters approve of him and 12 percent of voters still don’t recognize his name. As Democratic pollster Tom Eldon put it, no one hates him, but no one really loves him either: “There isn’t a large passion factor.” Nevertheless, Nelson has proved appealing enough to independents and has survived two senate races. This year, though, the veteran lawmaker may be facing the race of his life, against Florida political princeling Connie Mack IV. (Technically, Mack will still have to win Tuesday’s Republican primary, but everyone in the state assumes it’s a done deal.) Mack shares his name with his father, a well-respected former U.S. sena ...
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Weeks From Primary, Fla. Senate Race Nearly Decided
NPR - over 4 years
Florida's Senate primary is not until August, but Congressman Connie Mack IV has all but declared himself the victor. The son of Florida's respected former senator Connie Mack, he's been helped by name recognition and political connections. He scared some other Republicans out of the race by securing top endorsements and support from outside groups aiming to take down the only Democrat holding a statewide office in Florida. » E-Mail This     » Add to
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Obama-Romney Tied in Florida Poll
Bradenton Patch - over 4 years
A new Tampa Bay Times/Miami Herald/Bay News 9 poll finds Barack Obama and Mitt Romney essentially tied in America's biggest battleground state, with 46 percent of likely Florida voters supporting the president, 45 percent backing the former Massachusetts governor, and 2 percent behind Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson. Only 7 percent are undecided. "A coin toss," Mason-Dixon pollster Brad Coker said. "Typical Florida." Adding Marco Rubio to the Romney ticket would only marginally help Romney in must-win Florida. A Romney-Rubio ticket leads Obama-Joe Biden 46 percent to 45 percent in Florida. Florida Recount Predicted The New York Times' uber prognosticator, whose blog derives its name from the 2000 Recount, forecasts "Florida as close as can be. It projects the Nov. 6 result as Mr. Obama 49.5 percent, Mr. Romney 49.4 percent — an outcome that would be close enough to trigger another recount." Sen. Bill Nelson Ahead of Connie Mack Sen. Bill Nelson has a 47 ...
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Florida Senate Race Settles with George LeMieux Dropping Out
Yahoo News - over 4 years
Republican George LeMieux has officially ended his campaign to earn his party's nomination for the Senate in Florida. In a video message to supporters Tuesday, LeMieux thanked everyone for supporting his candidacy. Rep. Connie Mack IV now becomes the favorite to take on incumbent Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson.
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Nelson, Obama push back into lead in new Quinnipiac poll of Florida
DAILY KOS - over 4 years
Bill Nelson (D) is launched back into the lead Quinnipiac. 6/12-18. Registered voters. MoE ±2.8% (3.7% for Republican primary sample). (5/15-21 results in parentheses, 3/20-26 in brackets): Bill Nelson (D-inc): 43 (41) [44] Connie Mack IV (R): 39 (42) [36] Undecided: 15 (15) [17] Bill Nelson (D-inc): 45 Mike McCalister (R): 34 Undecided: 18 Bill Nelson (D-inc): 47 Dave Weldon (R): 31 Undecided: 19 Connie Mack IV (R): 41 (40) George LeMieux (R): 8 (7) Mike McCalister (R): 5 (8) Dave Weldon (R): 3 (--) Undecided: 39 (41) Quinnipiac's Florida polling has been erratic this year, almost yo-yo-like in its alternation between decent Democratic leads and predictions of Democratic disaster. This month's sample catches the Democrats on a bit of an upward bounce, with Barack Obama and incumbent Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson both with serviceable but not hugely confidence-inspiring leads. Obama leads by a 46-42 margin over Mitt Romney here, a turnaround from Qpac's previous poll, which ...
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New cyber-security attempt moves forward in Congress
Watch Dog - almost 5 years
  By Marianela Toldelo | Florida Watchdog MIAMI — In the past year, legislators of both parties have been introducing and debating bills that would grant the federal government additional authority in cyberspace. On Thursday, the House of Representatives broke new ground by passing the Cybersecurity Information Sharing and Protection Act, or CIPSA, which would permit the voluntary exchange of information related to cyber attacks between companies and the federal government. The law would represent the first significant federal law detailing the capacity of law enforcement to deal with crimes in the sphere of the Internet, handing authority over to the National Security Agency.   Unlike the similar Stop Online Piracy Act and the Protect Intellectual Property Act, which failed in the House and Senate after protests by online activists, the latest Internet bill passed quietly Thursday night, mainly along partisan lines and without vocal protest.   The ...
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Connie Mack IV, FL’s not-so-inevitable U.S, Senate candidate
Watch Dog - almost 5 years
By Yael Ossowski | Florida Watchdog MIAMI — The past few months haven’t been kind to the fourth-generation Cornelius Harvey McGillicuddy. The four-term Fort Myers Republican congressman, better known as Connie Mack IV, was once considered the conservative favorite in the race for the U.S. Senate seat held by Democratic incumbent Bill Nelson. But fresh questions about the congressman’s voting record and lackluster campaign fundraising have put the victory speeches on hold — for now. Mack is joined in the GOP primary fight by former U.S. Sen. George LeMieux, retired U.S. Army Col. Mike McCalister of Plant City, and conservative activist Marielena Stuart.   LeMieux is best known for being chief of staff for former Gov. Charlie Christ, who also appointed LeMieux to the Senate seat in the wake of Mel Martinez’s resignation in 2009. Despite endorsement from key groups in the state, including the Tea Party of Florida and the American Conservative Union, as well as former Gov. Jeb Bu ...
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Rep. Connie Mack IV Announces Run for U.S. Senate
Fox News - over 5 years
Republican Congressman <a class="fplink fp-52972" href="/connie+mack+iv">Connie Mack IV</a> announced Monday on Fox News' Hannity that he will enter the U.S. Senate race in Florida
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Connie Mack IV will shake up Florida Senate race
Yahoo News - over 5 years
As Rep. <a class="fplink fp-52972" href="/connie+mack+iv">Connie Mack IV</a> of Florida prepares to jump into a U.S. Senate race instead of seeking re-election, he is likely to become the instant front-runner — at least for now — in a Republican primary where the current field has failed to gain momentum.
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Connie Mack IV
  • 2014
    Age 46
    As of September 2014, he was an executive vice president of public relations firm Levick as well as a registered lobbyist for Levick, Doral Financial and Las Vegas Sands.
    More Details Hide Details Mack has also worked extensively as a lobbyist for the government of Hungary. Mack has been married twice. His wives have been:
    In March 2014, he registered to become a lobbyist for American Task Force Argentina.
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  • 2013
    Age 45
    In 2013, Mack was hired as a partner at lobbying firm Liberty Partners Group, where his father was a chairman emeritus.
    More Details Hide Details Following his unsuccessful bid for the Senate, Mack founded two lobbying and consulting firms, Mack Strategies and Liberty International Group.
  • 2011
    Age 43
    On October 26, 2011, it was announced Mack had changed his mind and that he would seek the Republican nomination because he felt no one in the current field was able to defeat Nelson.
    More Details Hide Details His opponent in the Primary was former Representative Dave Weldon, whom Mack defeated, winning 58% of the vote. Mack was then defeated by Nelson by over one million votes.
    However, he declined to run on March 25, 2011, citing family and his work in the House of Representatives.
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  • 2006
    Age 38
    He voted against George W. Bush's domestic eavesdropping program in 2006 and Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act Reform in 2007.
    More Details Hide Details Mack was an outspoken critic of late Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez, as well as one of the most vocal opponents of the pan-Latin American TV network teleSUR. He is also a member of the Congressional Cuba Democracy Caucus. As a member of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, Mack helped secure over $81 million to expand Interstate 75 in Southwest Florida, a project of significant concern to the region. Unlike many members of Congress, Mack has been a vigorous and outspoken defender of the whistle-blowing website WikiLeaks. Mack said that although WikiLeaks and its founder Julian Assange "are no heroes", he believes there needs to be more transparency in government, and that he opposes any "attempt to suppress information from the general public". Early in the election cycle, Mack was considered a potential candidate against incumbent Democratic Senator Bill Nelson in the 2012 Senate election.
  • 2003
    Age 35
    In 2003, incumbent Republican Congressman Porter Goss, who had succeeded Connie III in Congress, announced his intention to retire in order to serve as Director of the CIA.
    More Details Hide Details That October, Mack resigned from his seat in the State Legislature and moved back to his hometown of Fort Myers to run for his father's old seat. Had he not resigned his state house seat, he would have been unable to vote for himself in the primary or general election in the 14th District, as the Florida Constitution requires state legislators to be residents of the district they represent. Mack stated, "The people of the 14th District deserve to be represented in Washington by someone who shares our mainstream conservative Republican values in the mold of my father and Congressman Porter Goss". He narrowly won a four-way Republican primary—the real contest in this heavily Republican district—with a plurality of 36% of the vote, defeating more experienced challengers State Representative Carole Green and Lee County Commissioner Andy Coy. He won the general election with 68% of the vote.
  • 2002
    Age 34
    In 2002, he won re-election with 79% of the vote.
    More Details Hide Details Mack was Chairman of the Committee on State Administration, and in his second term he became the Deputy Majority Leader.
  • 1988
    Age 20
    In June 1988, Mack earned his Associate of Arts from Santa Fe Community College and In 1993, Mack earned his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Florida.
    More Details Hide Details After college, Mack became a marketing executive, working as a consultant to promote the restaurant chain Hooters. In 2000, incumbent Republican State Representative Debby Sanderson decided to retire to run for a seat in the Florida Senate. Mack decided to run for the open seat in the Fort Lauderdale based-91st House District. He defeated Democratic nominee Kevin Rader 56%–44%.
  • 1983
    Age 15
    Mack was born in Fort Myers, Florida, the son of cancer prevention advocate Ludie Priscilla (née Hobbs) and former U.S. Senator Connie Mack III. His father represented the district from 1983 to 1989 (when it was numbered as the 13th District), before serving two terms in the U.S. Senate.
    More Details Hide Details Through his father, Mack is the great-grandson of Connie Mack, the manager and owner of baseball's Philadelphia Athletics and member of the Baseball Hall of Fame; the great-grandson of Morris Sheppard, U.S. Senator and Representative from Texas; and the great-great-grandson of John Levi Sheppard, a U.S. Representative from Texas.
  • 1967
    Born on August 12, 1967.
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