Mack Is Charlie's Pen Pal
The Buzz reports Rep. Connie Mack IV will not run for Mel Martinez's Senate seat. Mack sent a letter to Gov. Charlie Crist announcing his intentions. Now that is very interesting.
Based on ongoing press speculation, I know that you are giving serious consideration to the question of whether to seek re-election, or whether to instead seek election to the United States Senate.
As you contemplate this decision, I want to let you know that I have decided not seek election to the U.S. Senate in 2010, and that I will instead seek re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives.
I also want you to know that, as you contemplate your own political future, I will be your strongest supporter and champion - regardless of whether you seek re-election or election to the Senate.
The people of Florida are lucky to have you as a public servant, and I'm fortunate to have you as my friend. No matter the decision you make, we will all be fortunate to have you standing up for Florida in the years to come.
Short answer: Mack knows he has no chance in hell of beating Crist in a primary. Crist has a high approval rating. Mack is overshadowed by his Two great-grandfathers, father and wife. Mack is often mockingly refered to as Mr. Mary Bono. I don't blame Mack for not wanting to run.
The Davis-Bacon Act was created during the depression so workers wouldn't be underpaid on federal government construction contracts. Mack argued stripping the Davis-Bacon provisions from the Water Quality Financing Bill would help workers. Mack receives Congressional health benefits and a $174,000 salery. He is hardly in a position to speak against guaranteed government pay.