Representative Connie Mack IV Enters Crowded U.S. Senate Race

Hoping to challenge Democratic Senator Bill Nelson, four term Republican Congressman Connie Mack IV (FL-14) entered the crowded U.S. Senate race in Florida late Monday night.

“I am going to run for the United States Senate because, frankly, I think the people of Florida have had enough,” said Mack, on Fox News’ Sean Hannity show.  “They’ve had enough of every time they turn around, Senator Bill Nelson is helping Barack Obama, right by Obama’s side.”

Mack will first have to win the Republican primary. Blessed by name recognition, Mack surged to the top of a Quinnipiac University poll early this month.

His father is former Senator Connie Mack III and his great-grandfather is Hall of Fame baseball manager Connie Mack.

Also seeking the nomination in the Republican primary are Florida’s 34th Senator, George Lemieux, former state representative and House Majority leader Adam Hasner, retired Army Colonel Mike McCalister and former  Ruth’s Chris steakhouse CEO Craig Miller.

With U.S. Representative Connie Mack vacating his Congressional District 14 seat, does this pave the way for an announcement by former Lt. Governor Jeff Kottkamp?  Kottkamp has been rumored to have interest in this Southwest Florida Congressional seat.