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Mack, Mica-Adams races headline Florida fights

The Mica-Adams race is chock full of tension and several key endorsements on both sides, including Sarah Palin and Mike Huckabee.

Eyes are focused on the GOP primary to oppose Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson, but there are titanic bouts between two Republican House members vying for the same district and a succession battle in another district with hints of a feud along the lines of the Hatfields and McCoys.

Most believe that Rep. Connie Mack will emerge as the nominee against two-termer Nelson. Former Sen. George LeMieux abandoned the race and others decided not to run. As the namesake-son of the beloved former senator (1988-2000), young Mack packs a political wallop by just being himself. Some in the party have had questions about his criticism of Arizona‚??s illegal immigration law and others bring up Mack‚??s stormy divorce a few years later (he is now married to fellow Republican Rep. Mary Bono Mack of California) and supported the late-starting campaign of conservative former Rep. (1994-2008) Dave Weldon. But, as the latest polls out of the Sunshine State report, Mack should cruise to victory on Tuesday, but the general election is a different story. The latest statewide Quinnipiac poll has Mack trailing Nelson by several points.

In the new 7th District, 20-year Rep. and outgoing House Transportation Committee Chairman John Mica is squaring off against freshman Rep. Sandy Adams. Mica (lifetime American Conservative Union rating: 94.07 percent) and Adams (lifetime ACU rating: 88 percent) disagree on relatively little, but they are stylistically worlds apart.

Mica has a long record of bring federally-funded projects in the district and was a major player in passage of the recent transportation bill‚??which, he insists has ‚??$16.3 billion in savings over ten years scored, the first time we are doing a transportation bill without deficit spending.‚?Ě Adams is a heroine of the tea party who was willing to oppose lifting the debt ceiling. Most of the district is her former turf, but Mica has widely outdone her in fundraising and has the endorsement of such conservatives as former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and former Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour. However, in Adams’ corner, is former Alaskan Governor and 2008 Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin who endorsed the freshman Republican last month.

In the 19th District (Lee County) that Mack is leaving, the early GOP favorite was the son of his predecessor: Chauncey Goss, son of former Rep. (1988-2006) Porter Goss, and himself a former staffer on the House Budget Committee under Chairman Paul Ryan. The younger Goss had the blessings of his father and of old boss Ryan, but the Mack family was bound and determine to defeat him.

‚??Porter and his family opposed Connie when he first ran for the seat,‚?Ě one local GOP activist told Human Events, ‚??The Macks and the Gosses are like the Hatfields and McCoys.‚?Ě

In recent weeks, there has been considerable momentum for Trey Radel, popular radio talk show host and former television newscaster, and state legislator and physician Paige Kreegel, both considered conservative. Another state legislator, Gary Aubuchon, has drawn the ire of Americans for Tax Reform because Aubuchon is the only candidate in the race who hasn’t signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge.

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John Gizzi has come to be known as ‚??the man who knows everyone in Washington‚?Ě and, indeed, many of those who hold elected positions and in party leadership roles throughout the United States. With his daily access to the White House as a correspondent, Mr. Gizzi offers readers the inside scoop on what‚??s going on in the nation‚??s capital. He is the author of a number of popular Human Events features, such as ‚??Gizzi on Politics‚?Ě and spotlights of key political races around the country. Gizzi also is the host of ‚??Gizzi‚??s America,‚?Ě video interviews that appear on HumanEvents.com. Gizzi got his start at Human Events in 1979 after graduating from Fairfield University in Connecticut and then working for the Travis County (Tex.) Tax Assessor. He has appeared on hundreds of radio and TV shows, including Fox News Channel, C-SPAN, America's Voice,The Jim Bohannon Show, Fox 5, WUSA 9, America's Radio News Network and is also a frequent contributor to the BBC -- and has appeared on France24 TV and German Radio. He is a past president of the Georgetown Kiwanis Club, past member of the St. Matthew's Cathedral's Parish Council, and secretary of the West End Friends of the Library. He is a recipient of the William A. Rusher Award for Journalistic Excellence and was named Journalist of the Year by the Conservative Political Action Conference in 2002. John Gizzi is also a credentialed correspondent at the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund. He has questioned two IMF managing directors, Dominique Strauss-Kahn and Christine LaGarde, and has become friends with international correspondents worldwide. John‚??s email is JGizzi@EaglePub.Com

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