Representative Connie Mack (R-FL) “won’t run for U.S. Senate,” the St. Petersburg Times reports.
"I’ve got two small children and it’s hard enough to get to spend a lot of good quality time now. I have a wife. They are all very important to me and at the end of the day family has to be number one,” Mack told the St. Petersburg Times.
His wife, kids and parents encouraged him to run and politically it made a lot of sense, he said. But the three-term congressman also considered his position in congress, saying he said he can be a leading advocate for cutting spending and taxes and, as chairman of House Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere, the 43-year-old Fort Myers Republican also a top voice on Latin America and challenging Hugo Chavez.
"I come at this from a different place than a lot of members. This decision, it wasn’t an easy decision,” said Mack, who was leading the GOP field in early polls.
Mack said he has “not made any decision about endorsing in the primary but will not let up his criticism of incumbent Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson.”
This comes as David Catanese of POLITICO reported yesterday that Mack was “expected” to announce he was going to run for the U.S. Senate.
In addition, Roll Call reported that “all signs” suggested a Senate run for Mack.