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Tampa Bay Times endorses, err, recommends a tomato can over Connie Mack
As Adam Smith bills it, Florida’s fastest cart-and-buggy, err, largest newspaper — eat that Miami Herald and Orlando Sentinel –is endorsing former Congressman Dave Weldon over presumptive front-runner Connie Mack in the GOP primary for Florida’s US Senate seat.
“A year ago, Republican candidates for U.S. Senate eager to take on Democratic incumbent Bill Nelson filled a stage. Now it’s impossible to find two of them in the same room. The field weeded itself out, with the most promising possibilities never getting in the race and the others giving up or leaving for safer races. U.S. Rep. Connie Mack IV of Fort Myers has the famous name, the endorsements, the PAC money — and questionable work habits, a sense of entitlement and an undistinguished record in Congress. Former U.S. Rep. Dave Weldon of Indialantic is a long shot, but he has more experience in Congress, a stronger record of accomplishments and a reputation as a more serious-minded lawmaker…”
You can read the full editorial here, but realize this, the Times endorsement in a Republican primary is about as useful as one from Hugo Chavez. I wouldn’t be surprised to see Mack’s hyperbolic campaign respond by criticizing Weldon for receiving the endorsement — actually it’s a recommendation; the Times does not deign to endorse candidates — of “Florida’s largest LIBERAL newspaper” or some other hogwash Mack’s overheated staff will write-up.
Further, the Times, as an institution, probably has still not gotten over Mack declining its invitation to the candidate debate it intended to host. After that dis, there was no way on this green Earth that the folks at First Avenue South were ever again going to say a nice thing about Mack the Fourth.
The Times would endorse a tomato can before it recommended Connie Mack to its readers. And by endorsing Weldon, so far down in the polls it hurts one’s neck to find his name, the newspaper has done just that.