Mack’s past tus­sles an is­sue in Se­nate race

The Washington Times Daily - - Politics -

TALLAHASSEE | A for­mer U.S. se­na­tor is ze­ro­ing in on decades-old al­ter­ca­tions in­volv­ing U.S. Rep. Con­nie Mack to make the case that Mr. Mack shouldn’t be­come the Re­pub­li­can Party nom­i­nee in this year’s Florida Se­nate con­test.

For­mer Sen. Ge­orge Lemieux is de­pict­ing the al­ter­ca­tions as part of a pat­tern of ir­re­spon­si­ble be­hav­ior that shows the 44-year-old Mr. Mack doesn’t have the tem­per­a­ment to serve as a se­na­tor.

Mr. Mack and his cam­paign have chalked up the al­ter­ca­tions, the last of which oc­curred two decades ago, to the con­gress­man be­ing “young and fool­ish.” They in­clude two road-rage in­ci­dents, an ar­rest at a Jack­sonville bar and a bar fight with a ma­jor-league base­ball star.

In a 1996 court de­po­si­tion, Mr. Mack ex­plained that in each case he was mind­ing his own busi­ness, sober and trou­ble found him. The GOP pri­mary win­ner will face Sen. Bill Nel­son, a Demo­crat.

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