Mack won't run for Radel's seat

CREATED Jan. 29, 2014

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CAPE CORAL, Fla. - Former Southwest Florida Congressman Connie Mack ended weeks of speculation about any designs he made have had on his old job in the U.S. House of Representative.

Mack released a formal statement regarding his decision not to run for the 19th District seat recently vacated by Trey Radel following his arrest on cocaine charges.

The statement from Mack is as follows:

“Trey Radel’s resignation from Congress has put Southwest Florida at the beginning of a new and important political chapter.   “I spent my tenure in Congress fighting for Southwest Florida’s shared conservative values and for the fundamental belief that freedom is the core of all human progress.

“I introduced new policy ideas, like the Penny Plan, that would balance the budget in a common-sense responsible way. I always stood for principle over politics, even on controversial issues like Arizona’s immigration law. And I did all I could to stand up for the rights of people in Venezuela and elsewhere against the dictators and thugocrats who oppress them in ways few Americans can truly understand.

“These have always been my passions. They always will be. In the weeks, months and years ahead I will continue to advocate for our shared principles,not as a candidate or Member of Congress, but rather as a private citizen. And I will do all I can to support candidates in Southwest Florida and elsewhere who champion the Penny Plan.
 
“I hope the people of Southwest Florida will join with me in ensuring we elect a new Representative who will represent us with the passion and grace our community and our country needs, and who will be an unwavering defender of the simple idea that freedom matters because freedom works.”

Mack's decision not to run leaves former state lawmaker Dr. Paige Kreegel as the only high profile candidate seeking Radel's seat.  State Senator Lizbeth Benaquisto and Chauncey Goss are also considering runs for the seat.