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Connie Mack Won't Run In Special Election

Connie Mack

MIAMI (AP) Connie Mack IV won't seek the congressional seat vacated by U.S. Rep. Trey Radel of Florida.

Mack made the announcement in a statement Wednesday, saying that he would advocate for conservative principles as a private citizen. He represented the southwest Florida district for eight years before a failed run for Senate in 2012.

Radel resigned from Congress Monday, two months after he pleaded guilty to cocaine-possession charges. The freshman Republican faced a House ethics investigation, a growing group of primary challengers and the steady drumbeat of a Republican establishment calling for him to step down.

Former state Rep. Paige Kreegel has declared his candidacy to replace Radel and state Senate Majority Leader Lizbeth Benacquisto is considering a bid.

Gov. Rick Scott will set a date for a special election.

Source: Associated Press


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