Connie Mack Gets Endorsements in South Florida

Reps. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Mario Diaz-Balart and David Rivera back Mack.

By Steve Litz and Brian Hamacher
|  Monday, Feb 13, 2012  |  Updated 11:30 PM EDT
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Connie Mack Gets Endorsements in South Florida

Connie Mack Gets Endorsements in South Florida

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Republican Congressman Connie Mack picked up a handful of key endorsements Monday in South Florida in his race for Florida Senate.

Reps. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Mario Diaz-Balart, David Rivera and former Rep. Lincoln Diaz-Balart all threw their support behind Mack at a news conference at Chico's Restaurant in Hialeah.

Mack is battling fellow Republican George LeMieux for the chance to take on incumbent Sen. Bill Nelson in November.

"I think Connie Mack, because of his record, because of his consistancy, because you know where he stands, I think he'll do very well in November," said Mario Diaz-Balart.

The group praised Mack for his knowledge of South America and of the issues important to Latin Americans.

"We have been in lockstep, Ileana, Mario, Lincoln, David and I, when it comes to Fidel Castro, his brother and Hugo Chavez," Mack said.

LeMieux, who was appointed by then-Governor Charlie Crist in 2009 to fill the Senate seat of Mel Martinez, said it's still a two-person primary race between he and Mack.

"Floridians are struggling and want serious people in Washington to solve our serious problems. They are not looking to send yet another career politician to the US Senate," LeMieux said in a statement Monday. "As the primary continues, the differences between celebrity and substance will become evident."

The primary election is set for Aug. 14.

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