Mack's criticism of the elder Kennedy's alleged support of Chavez is nothing new. Mack, who has been an outspoken critic of Chavez as chairmen of the Western Hemisphere Subcommittee of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, issued another press release
just last month linking Kennedy to Chavez.
Perhaps more surprising is the line of attack Mack indirectly brings up. Republicans -- and potentially Democratic primary opponents -- likely will try to use Kennedy's famous family against him, arguing that his popularity is based more on their accomplishments and experience than his own.
But opponents have lobbed similar charges against Mack in his Senate bid, charging that his strong early polling numbers are largely a product of his sharing a name with his well-known father, former Sen. Connie Mack