Seven months after quashing rumors he would seek higher office, Florida Rep. Connie Mack has changed his mind about a U.S. Senate bid.
Mack, the husband of Rep. Mary Bono Mack, is now forming a campaign to challenge incumbent Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson.
“Connie Mack is running for the U.S. Senate. He is making calls. He assembling a team,” Mack’s senior advisor, David James, told the Miami Herald for a report today.
“He will have more to announce about the run in the weeks ahead.”
Don’t expect that news to sideline Bono Mack from her own reelection plans.
In an interview with The Desert Sun today, the Palm Springs Republican expressed confidence that the bicoastal couple could manage both campaigns.
If they do – and if they’re both successful in 2012 – they will make history as the first husband-wife team to serve together in both chambers of Congress.
“Connie did not take this lightly. He believes he can help turn our country around,” Bono Mack said today.
“The stakes are just too high right now in our country to sit this race out.”
Democrat Raul Ruiz and Republican Steve Grasha have both announced plans to challenge Bono Mack in 2012.
The dueling campaigns will inevitably increase the opponents’ complaints that Mack spends all of his time in California and that Bono Mack spends her time in Florida.
The couple has dodged such criticism since they wed in December 2007, and have continually countered that they are dedicated to spending time in their respective districts.
“You expect everything, whatever they can throw at us they will throw at us,” Bono Mack said of the opponents’ attacks. “What’s important right now is the economy. What’s important right now is to talk about jobs. … The rest is just noise and the voters will see it as noise.”