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FreedomWorks backs Mack
Posted Jun 19, 2012 by William March
Updated Jun 19, 2012 at 11:48 AM
Chalk up another endorsement from a hard-line conservative organization for Connie Mack IV in the U.S. Senate primary—Dick Armey’s FreedomWorks, the financial muscle behind much of the tea party movement.
In a news release, FreedomWorks PAC’s executive director Max Pappas criticized George LeMieux, Mack’s leading opponent, as a self-proclaimed “Charlie Crist Republican.” While serving in a temporary appointed term in the Senate, Pappas charges, LeMieux “worked with Democrats to advance subsidies, environmental mandates and multiple bills expanding the authority of government.”
He says Mack as a member of Congress “took bold positions to hold government accountable when very few others would, voting twice against the TARP bailout, fighting stimulus spending.”
The news release didn’t mention former Rep. Dave Weldon, a recent entry to the race.