Well that didn't take long. Less than 24 hours after Congressman Connie Mack entered the Florida Republican campaign for U.S. Senate, George LeMieux sent an email to supporters criticizing Mack's record.
But first, LeMieux welcomes Mack to the race. A nice gesture but Crowley Political Report suspects LeMieux feels otherwise.
Here's the email:
You may have heard the recent news that Congressman Connie Mack is likely to join the Republican field as one of my competitors for US Senate.
Connie is a friend. His father was an outstanding US Senator for whom I have great respect. I welcome Congressman Mack to the race, and look forward to detailed debates on the issues and our records.
This race is about the critical challenges facing our country, our economy, and Washington’s disastrous fiscal policies. It is essential that Florida Republicans choose a nominee in 2012 with a record that stands in stark contrast to that of liberal incumbent Bill Nelson.
While Congressman Mack has done some good things in Washington, he will have to explain to Floridians why he voted in favor of raising his own pay several times, and supported thousands of wasteful earmark projects, including the Bridge to Nowhere, funding for the Connecticut Aquarium and Kentucky Tourism, and the 2005 Highway Bill that included 6,376 earmarks worth $24 billion. At a time when Washington needs real budget and spending reform, Connie Mack's record shows him to be more of the problem than the solution.
Click here to learn more about how my record compares with Congressman Mack and Senator Nelson's records.