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Video: Connie Mack's beat the press campaign

Rep. Connie Mack IV's is continuing to pick a fight with the Tampa Bay Times and political editor Adam C. Smith.

On Monday, Mack's campaign wrote a letter to the editor of the Times saying "Smith’s agenda is Left Wing and Democrat." The letter was penned in response to the editorial board recommending former U.S. Rep. Dave Welson in the U.S. Senate Republican primary (Smith is not a member of the editorial board and does not participate in the discussions about recommending candidates).

On Tuesday, Mack continued to attack Smith in comments to reporters -- in a group that included Smith -- at a meeting of Hillsborough Republicans. POLITICO obtained a video that documented the exchange.

"They're a mouthpiece for the liberals," said Mack, putting his hand on Smith's shoulder. Later, Mack refused to answer a question asked by Smith, saying: "When you decide to be a real journalist, then we'll talk to you."

--- Amy Hollyfied, Tampa Bay Times