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Nelson Shifts Quickly, Launches Mack Attack

August 2, 2012

It didn't take long for Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., to go negative on Republican Rep. Connie Mack. After releasing his first television ad -- a positive, biographical spot -- on Wednesday, Nelson followed it up just one day later with a new commercial attacking his likely GOP opponent.

"Florida, meet Connie Mack IV, a promoter for Hooters with a history of barroom brawling, altercations and road rage," the ad's narrator says. "A big spender with a trail of debts, liens and unpaid bills, he has one of the worst attendance records in Congress this year, but he still voted to end Medicare as we know it."

Reports of Mack's youthful indiscretions -- including a bar fight with former Atlanta Braves star Ron Gant -- have plagued him since he entered the race last year.

Nelson has a huge fundraising advantage over Mack, but conservative outside groups have pledged to spend millions on the Republican's behalf.

Mack is a heavy favorite to win the August 14 GOP primary over former Rep. Dave Weldon and retired Army Col. Mike McCalister.

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