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After Rep. Radel's cocaine bust, a Connie Mack comeback?


Shortly after Congressman Trey Radel's cocaine bust in DC went viral, the inevitable speculation about the future of his seat started and inevitably settled on one person in particular: Former U.S. Rep. Connie Mack, who once held the Fort Myers seat.

Apparently, a few reporters called Mack's political team, which didn't really knock down the speculation with this statement that had political insiders buzzing after it was blasted out:

 FORT MYERS -- In response to questions that he has received this evening, former Congressman Connie Mack issued the following statement regarding Rep. Trey Radel.

Mack said:

"This is undoubtedly a very difficult time for Trey and his family and I'm sure all of us in Southwest Florida are keeping them in our thoughts and prayers. 

"It is important that we all appreciate the very personal nature of Trey's situation and understand that it is premature to respond to or consider political questions at this time."

It should be noted that Mack endorsed Radel, so there are no hard feelings apparently there. However, that might not be the case with some of Radel's opponents in the GOP primary that included Radel, Chauncey Goss and former state Reps Paige Kreegel and Gary Aubuchon.

Mack had left his congressional seat in a tough and failed bid last year against Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson, who won the post after Mack's father and namesake retired from the U.S. Senate in 2000.