Following in his wife’s footsteps, former Florida Rep. Connie Mack has landed a job with a Washington-based lobbying firm.
Mack, a Florida Republican who lost his U.S. Senate bid in November, joined Liberty Partners Group as a partner and senior policy advisor, the firm announced this week.
Mack is the husband of former Rep. Mary Bono Mack, a Palm Springs Republican who lost her re-election campaign last year. She started working as a senior vice president for FaegreBD Consulting last month.
Since losing their respective House seats, the Macks have made several joint appearances on national TV news shows.
Former Congresswoman Mary Bono Mack will be spending the first weeks of her new civilian life convalescing. Bono Mack broke her wrist over the weekend while trying her hand(s) at snowboarding at a Colorado ski resort. But the injury won’t stop her from working on a new project: a book.
Bono Mack was, according to her official Twitter account, vacationing at Purgatory at Durango Mountain Resort with husband Connie Mack when the incident happened.
Took my first snowboarding lesson ever today @skipurg with @conniemackiv. Hmmmm. Yeah.. no..don’t think I will make the switch from skis.
Incoming Rep. Raul Ruiz's Congressional office, as seen Wednesday (photo submitted by Greg Rodriguez)
On the eve of Dr. Raul Ruiz swearing into Congress, his office — and his plaque — are ready for showtime.
This photograph outside his new office, 1319 Longworth Building, circulated on Facebook today.
Ruiz will take the oath of office Thursday as a freshman member of the 113th Congress. It will mark the first time since 1998 that the Coachella Valley is represented by a new lawmaker in Washington.
Over the weekend, NPR’s Weekend Edition profiled Ruiz as part of a series of profiles of “the most diverse (freshman class) in congressional history.”
The four-minute segment that aired Saturday focuses primarily on Ruiz’s busy schedule and his life story.
“Ruiz’s personality — upbeat and inclusive — earned him voter approval across ethnic lines, and it didn’t hurt that he had a life story that resonated with an electorate that was growing more diverse each year,” NPR’s Karen Grisby Bates said.
She summed up the race between Ruiz and outgoing Rep. Mary Bono Mack: “It was a nasty campaign.”
“Raul Ruiz says it pains him to leave his patients and community, but although he’s off to Congress he’s not giving up medicine completely,” she said. “He’s already making plans to volunteer in physician-short parts of DC in his spare time. How much of that he’ll have, though, is anybody’s guess.”
“To simply throw out one quick answer is not doing justice to any of the vicitims and their families right now,” Bono Mack said. “There is going to be so much that we have to really delve into and not just look for the quick, quick, quick fix.”
Bono Mack said the president was on “the right path” in his response to Friday’s horrific shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, where a gunman killed 20 young students and six adults. The gunman also killed his mother before turning the weapon on himself.
But Bono Mack, who has just a couple weeks left remaining in her final House term, did not elaborate on what types of gun control measures she would support.
Mack, who after November’s election loss is also leaving Congress, said it was the first time the couple had been to Newtown.
“Our hearts and praryers are with the families, with this community,” Mack said on CNN. “This should never happen to our children or our citizens.”
Rep.-elect Raul Ruiz is in the district this week, but his aides are busy preparing for the Jan. 3 swearing-in ceremony.
Ruiz’s campaign today invited supporters to join the Palm Desert Democrat in Washington, when the newly-elected leader of the 36th Congressional District joins the 113th Congress.
According to the invitation, a viewing party will be held that morning at Ruiz’s new office, 1319 Longworth Building. Throughout the afternoon, Ruiz’s office will host an open house and aides will provide Capitol tours.
The married congressional couple both lost their respective election bids last month: Local voters favored Democrat Raul Ruiz to Bono Mack, a Palm Springs Republican. And Florida voters chose to retain U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson instead of send Mack, a Republican, to the U.S. Senate.
“There’s no doubt that there’s a grieving period when you lose an election but I think I’ve worked quickly through that point and I’m very excited about my next chapter in my life,” Bono Mack said during the MSNBC interview today.
Bono Mack also was quick to respond to show host Chuck Todd’s question about what lessons she would take into another campaign.
Her biggest takeaway? “Not to run again for office,” she quipped.
Rep. Mary Bono Mack issued some parting words today as she reflected on her final days in the U.S. House of Representatives.
The Palm Springs Republican — who has been spotted on CNN but hasn’t given any local interviews since she was defeated in the Nov. 6 election — issued the statement as part of a news release that touted the reauthorization of the U.S. SAFE WEB Act.
“As I prepare to leave Congress after more than 14 terrific years, I remain very optimistic about the future of America. Admittedly, we face some daunting challenges as a nation in the months and years ahead. But the true greatness of America is measured by the things that unite us, not divide us.
“We are a people bound by enduring ideals and principles, which are embedded in an unshakable belief in truth, justice, opportunity and freedom for all.
“Despite the many challenges we are facing today, I continue to believe that our best years are ahead of us, because ours is a nation which values courage, compassion and character and stands united – and undeterred – as freedom’s greatest ally around the world. It has been my extraordinary honor and great privilege to serve in the United States House of Representatives since 1998, and I am extremely proud of what we have accomplished.
“So today, looking back on my eight terms in Congress, I’m reminded of one of my favorite quotes: ‘Don’t be sad that it’s over. Be happy that it happened.’ As we approach this joyous holiday season, I have much to be thankful for and happy about. This truly has been an experience of a lifetime.”
Bono Mack lost the election to Democrat Raul Ruiz.
She has not yet announced what she’ll do come January, although she does plan on attending the annual Palm Springs International Film Festival. Her husband, Rep. Connie Mack of Florida, also lost his U.S. Senate bid. But her daughter’s family — including infant grandson Sonny — live in the Washington area.
Reps. Mary Bono Mack and Connie Mack were on CNN today, expressing differing viewpoints on how Congress should deal with the pending fiscal cliff.
Bono Mack, a Palm Springs Republican who is wrapping her final term in the House, says she agrees with Rep. Tom Cole, who says lawmakers should first extend tax-rate cuts for those making less than $250,000 a year and then work out a deal for wealthier Americans later.
Cole’s comments have irked some Republicans as it breaks ranks with House Speaker John Boehner.
“First, it’s important that we do get a deal done,” Bono Mack said today. “Going into the holidays, the American people want and need certainty. I think going into the New Year people really are clamoring for the certainty and a way forward in the economy.
“I have to say that if you’re going to sign me up with a camp, I like what Tom Cole has to say. You had him on the show earlier at length. Tom presented a very thoughtful, articulate position. I know my husband and I are going to disagree on this. We waited till after the first cup of coffee to disagree over this.”
Mack, a Florida Republican who is also leaving Congress after losing his U.S. Senate bid, did in fact take a differing approach than his wife.
“I don’t happen to agree with my wife and Congressman Cole,” Mack said on CNN. “I think we need to continue to look at ways to cut spending. And if people can answer this question for me, do you think the federal government has done a good job of spending your money? If the answer is yes then you would be willing to give more of your money to the federal government. But I think most people to this point don’t think that the federal government has done a good job of spending their money. And that is a crucial question people have got to ask.”
Ruiz, a Palm Desert Democrat, was spotted at today’s Peace Officer and Public Safety Awards luncheon in Palm Desert.
Local police unions began campaigning against Ruiz after audio tapes surfaced that showed Ruiz, as a college student participating in protests, expressed support for Leonard Peltier and Mumia Abu-Jamal, two men convicted of killing law enforcement officers.
Ruiz went on to unseat Rep. Mary Bono Mack, a Palm Springs Republican.
Ruiz is certainly not the only elected leader showing their support for local police today.
The Desert Sun also spotted Assemblyman Brian Nestande, a Palm Desert Republican who is widely seen as a challenger to Ruiz in 2014, as well as Coachella Mayor Eduardo Garcia and Indio Mayor Glenn Miller, who are both likely to run for state office two years.
Ruiz, who is handing out food to needy families on Wednesday in Desert Hot Springs, will return to Washington next week to resume his new member training.
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Congressman-elect Raul Ruiz talks to Riverside County Fire Department Indian Wells Firefighter of the Year award recipient Firefighter Paramedic Aaron Keser after the 16th Annual Peace Officer & Public Safety Awards Luncheon in Indian Wells. Photo by Desert Sun photographer Crystal Chatham
Rep. Mary Bono Mack says it is “very unfortunate” that Americans are divided into subsets and is calling for national unity.
“I think what’s very important right now is that we heal as a country,” the Palm Springs Republican said during an appearance on CNN’s Piers Morgan last night. “You know, this politics of divisiveness is really something the American people are rejecting.”
Bono Mack is currently finishing out her final term in the House.
After a 14-month campaign that sharply divided the Coachella Valley, Bono Mack was defeated in the Nov. 6 election by Democrat Raul Ruiz. He is in Washington this week for freshmen orientation.