5) “Of 818 votes, Mack has missed 99 instead of working for us,” the caller said. “Mack neglects his duties in Congress... his attendance has plummeted [in favor of] traveling with Mitt Romney.” (The poll doesn’t cite the source of the statistics. Mack’s campaign pointed to data showing that, in his total time in Congress, he has made 96 percent of his votes. Mack is a leader in missed votes in the House this year as he vigorously campaigned for himself and the Republican presidential candidate.)
6) Connie Mack IV is the son, great-grandson and namesake of a former U.S. Senator and a baseball legend and wants to “ride his father and grandfather’s coattails… but few can speak to what Connie Mack has done in Congress.” (LeMieux and Mack’s other Republican opponents have long groused about the ID of the family name. But Mack has it. And he’s using it. Also, as for big-time accomplishments in Congress, Nelson isn’t well known for that, either.)
7) Though Mack isn’t mentioned by name, the poll asked if a caller would be more or less likely to support a candidate who voted to strip $5.5 billion in additional Medicaid money for Puerto Rico. (This is part of a relatively little-known Republican House measure targeting ObamaCare that Mack has yet to vote on. It’s a good sign of some of the ethnic politics Democrats might play to gin up the heavy Puerto Rican vote in Central Florida. They can’t whack Mack over immigration, as Mack was more strident in his criticisms of the Arizona immigration law than Nelson, saying the law was “reminiscent” of “the Gestapo in Germany.”)
8) In Congress, Mack supported “billion of dollars in earmarks…. He even took advantage of $880,000 of Obama’s stimulus while publicly denouncing Obama.” (True, with no qualifiers. But Republicans might not know that if they rely on the Washington, D.C., group FreedomWorks, which recently tried to garner tea-party support for Mack by praising his record. But it explicitly refused to note his numerous votes to support or maintain earmarks in the federal budget.)
Still, this one needs no elaboration. Hey, one out of eight ain’t bad — at least by the standards of our misleading politics.