Bashing the “thugocrats” in Venezuela and Cuba, U.S. Senate candidate Connie Mack touted the support of Miami-Dade’s Cuban-American congressional representatives Monday in a speech that highlighted his foreign-policy chops.
Mack, a Republican Fort Myers congressman and House Committee on Foreign Affairs member, suggested the Obama Administration wasn’t backing its allies as Venezuelan strongman Hugo Chavez expands his influence in Latin America.
“We can no longer have a government that tends to side with our enemies and turns our back on our allies,” Mack said.
U.S. Representatives Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, David Rivera and Mario Diaz Balart echoed the sentiment when they officially endorsed him at Chico’s Restaurant in Hialeah. Also in support: former U.S. Rep. Lincoln Diaz Balart.
The support of the four Miami-Dade powerbrokers is crucial in the state’s largest Republican County, where nearly two-thirds of the registered Republicans are Hispanic.
Mack, leading in the polls, faces former Sen. George LeMieux and businessman Mike McCalister in the Republican primary. They seek to unseat incumbent Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson, whom Mack often describes as a “lockstep liberal” for his support of Obama’s policies.