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Connie Mack blames divorce for financial mess, but records suggest he overspent regardless of ex

U.S. Senate candidate Connie Mack explained Sunday for the first time why he spent more than he earned at times, pinning financial problems on his divorce.

“I think it’s ridiculous the fact that the issue has even come up that way,” Mack, the Republican front-runner who has called for fiscal austerity during his campaign, said after a candidates’ forum. “Everyone knows that divorce is difficult.”

Even though his divorce certainly contributed to his financial problems, it does not account for all the troubles he was having.

In 2004, for instance, he didn’t have enough money to pay his federal income taxes, and borrowed the money from his father. He didn’t file for divorce until August 2005 — months after tax-filing season — when his then-wife, Ann McGillicuddy, was on vacation in Fort Lauderdale.

Mack, elected to Congress in 2004, said he could not recall how much he borrowed from his father, former-senator-turned-lobbyist Connie Mack III.

“But look, did I borrow money from my father? Yeah, but if anybody has been through a divorce they recognize that it’s difficult, it’s hard, and it takes a while to get your financial house back in order,” he said.

Three months after filing for divorce, Mack submitted a financial affidavit to the court that indicated he was spending almost $2,300 more than he netted each month. Even without all of the incidentals of his wife — a stay-at-home mother of two small children — Mack was still overspending by about $655 monthly, the affidavit indicates.

Today's story here

Background and some source documents on Mack's finances here

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