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Mack answers LeMieux’s Cain with a Bachmann
Posted May 1, 2012 by William March
Updated May 1, 2012 at 03:53 PM
Three days after former presidential contender Herman Cain endorsed George LeMieux in the Florida Republican Senate primary, LeMieux’s leading opponent, frontrunner Rep. Connie Mack, answered with his own endorsement with former presidential contender Michelle Bachmann.
In one way, the endorsement is surprising—Mack was an early backer of Mitt Romney in the presidential primary, even while Bachmann was in the race.
But Mack was continuing his support of Romney after having backed him in 2008, when Bachmann didn’t run, and Mack and his wife, California U.S. Rep. Mary Bono Mack, are colleagues of Bachmann in the U.S. House.
Cain made a surprise endorsement of LeMieux Friday night at a Hernando County GOP fundraising dinner, after hearing LeMieux speak at the dinner. Former Hillsborough County GOP Chairman Debbie Cox-Roush, who worked for Cain’s presidential campaign, is also state chairman of LeMieux’s grass-roots team; Cain praised LeMieux as a political outsider despite LeMieux’s having spent most of his career as a government official and political strategist.
Bachmann praised Mack as “steadfast fighter for freedom, less government and a fiscal hawk.”