February 22, 2012 | 4:33pm
According to polls Rep. Connie Mack IV is currently "#Winning!" when it comes to Florida's Republican Senate primary, but his campaign has hit quite a few snags this week. Sensing an opportunity to pounce, Mack's last serious remaining challenger, ex-Senator George LeMieux, called Mack the "Charlie Sheen of Florida Politics" this morning.
See, here's the thing. Back in the '80s and '90s Mack had a habit of getting into fights. In the most entertaining example, back in 1992 Mack got wasted on beer and Jäger at a bar and then he got into a fight with professional baseball player Ron Gan
t. Mack slugged the slugger, got put in a headlock, grabbed Gant's balls, and then got a broken ankle.
Basically, dude was kind of a drunken asshole in his youth.
His finances are also a bit of mess too, and he's routinely spending more money than he actually makes, but he blames that on having gone through a divorce. Whatever.
But LeMieux couldn't help but snark his rival.
"You can't come away from a rap sheet like this and conclude anything other than Connie Mack IV is the Charlie Sheen of Florida politics," the former appointed Senator said "Mack IV does not have the temperament or the character to serve in the United States Senate."
We guess that's a pretty good burn for a Republican.
So what was Mack's comeback? He sent an open letter to LeMieux
claiming that he is "the liberal (or is it amoral?) political operative who created Charlie Crist."
You see, LeMieux was Crist's former chief of staff, and Crist appointed LeMieux to his temporary seat in the Senate.
Of course, Crist and Mack have a long history together, too. Both have mutually endorsed each other in the past, and Mack supported Crist in the Republican primary against Marco Rubio until Crist decided to run as a Republican.