By Javier Manjarres
LeMieux is clearly feeling the heat from Mack, who threatens to erode LeMieux’s base of support among more moderate Republican primary voters. But with almost a year to go before election day, LeMieux’s personal attack will no doubt escalate the Republican nomination fight into a nasty battle.
We here at the Shark Tank predicted this ‘brawl.‘
Here is the LeMieux email that was sent out to supporters:
Subject: ICYMI: Underachiever Connie Mack IV perfect for Senate seat
Frank Cerabino of the Palm Beach Post wrote a column this past Saturday highlighting the potential problems of professional politician Congressman Connie Mack’s candidacy.
We wanted to make sure you saw the article. An excerpt is below.
We here at CIMS can’t wait for the big announcement, because we feel that you embody everything that Floridians have come to expect as our representative in the highest legislative body in the land.
This is why we have volunteered our services to help you address some questions that might arise when nosy nellies start poking into your background.
It’s best to figure out good answers in advance.
So we have taken the liberty of fashioning responses that ought to appeal to the Republican base you have already dazzled.
Issue No. 1: Work experience.
Problem: Before trading on the name of your father (a U.S. senator) to begin your current career as a full-time servant of the people in 2001, the most meaningful employment you had was as a “special events coordinator” for a bunch of Hooters restaurants. Boiled down to its essence: You were the go-to guy for folks who wanted to have scantily clad waitresses appear at their events.
Solution: You will be effective in a Democratic-controlled Senate, because you already know what it’s like being surrounded by a bunch of boobs.
Issue No. 2: Education.
Problem: Despite being a legislator with a stated passion for education, you needed 6½ years to get an undergraduate degree in advertising, which you accomplished three months shy of your 26th birthday.
Solution: You’re not one of those educational “elites.” This will give you significant inroads with the tea party voters, who believe Ivy League educations and law-review honors are flaws.
Issue No. 3: Lawsuit trouble.
Problem: You once sued Ron Gant, an outfielder for the Atlanta Braves, for beating you up in a barroom fight.
Solution: It was not a frivolous lawsuit. The jury awarded you monetary damages.