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Connie Mack: Do as I say, not as I do

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Turns out Connie Mack's penny-pinching debt-reduction plan is a hypocritical sham. The Miami Herald's Marc Caputo is reporting that the beltway insider may be preaching fiscal conservatism on the campaign trail (when he gets around to campaigning…), but privately "has struggled at times with borrowing and paying his own obligations." To top it off, while his bank account may be dwindling, his rap sheet is pretty long. The definition of do as I say, not as do.

MIAMI HERALD: Connie Mack preaches penny-pinching, but has a court-record past of debt and liens (and fights)

Congressman Connie Mack has made penny-pinching debt-reduction central to his U.S. Senate campaign, but privately he has struggled at times with borrowing and paying his own obligations, court records show.

Mack sometimes appeared to spend more than he earned, had property liens filed against him, overdrew his account and didn’t have enough money to pay his federal income taxes after his 2004 congressional election, according to court records from Fort Myers to Jacksonville to Fort Lauderdale.

His finances aside, the records also show that Mack in his youth got into four confrontations— with a pro baseball player he sued after a bar brawl and with an off-duty police officer who arrested him at a nightclub. Later, while in Congress, his estranged wife accused him of not living in his Fort Myers district and of using his influence to strong arm her during their divorce.

Read the full article from the Miami Herald here.