So Connie Mack IV, son of a political dynasty here in FL, went on Sean Hannity’s show to throw his (somewhat soiled) hat into the ring, announcing he will vie for the Republican nomination to run against Sen. Bill Nelson (D-sorta), former astronaut and straightest arrow in the quiver.
Mack previously announced he was not running, saying that it would take away from his ability to spend time with his two small children and his wife (who is herself a member of the House from the opposite end of the country, Rep. Mary Bono Mack of California).
(Ummm, that seems a little confusing. Where do these people live? What is the legal residence of this married couple? Aren’t our congress critters supposed to live in their District or State?)
Son of a respected former Senator, Mack hasn’t quite his Dad’s resume. He has, instead, a somewhat inglorious history:
- Before trading on the name of your father (a U.S. senator) to begin your current career as a full-time servant of the people in 2001, the most meaningful employment you had was as a “special events coordinator” for a bunch of Hooters restaurants. Boiled down to its essence: You were the go-to guy for folks who wanted to have scantily clad waitresses appear at their events.
- you needed 6½ years to get an undergraduate degree in advertising, which you accomplished three months shy of your 26th birthday.
- You had at least four physical confrontations in public between 1987 and 1992, including one that ended with you being arrested for fighting with an off-duty cop who was working as a bouncer at a Jacksonville nightclub, and another when you got into a fistfight with another driver while you were waiting for a drawbridge to go down in West Palm Beach.
- Until you got elected to the Florida House, you didn’t even take the time to vote in some elections, even when your father was on the ballot and running for re-election to the Senate seat you now want.
- Soon after getting to Washington, you ditched your Florida wife, the mother of your two young children, to marry celebrity U.S. Rep. Mary Bono, the former wife of Sonny Bono.
He’s got the important political advantage of name recognition, which is sometimes enough. People may think they’re voting for more of the good Connie Mack. They will be disappointed.