Connie Mack not going away; Ex-congressman forms public affairs company, still sending press releases

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In the event you thought the drubbing he took at the polls last November would be the last you’d see of Connie Mack IV, you are sorely mistaken.

Since leaving office a month ago, the ex-congressman has maintained a relatively high profile by continuing to send the sharp press releases which were a hallmark of his failed campaign for the U.S. Senate. Mack has also formed a public affairs company with his former chief of staff and campaign adviser, Jeff Cohen.

Mack returned to the news twice last week, both times favorable to the scion of one of Florida’s most prominent political families. 

The Mack Penny Plan was featured prominently Tuesday night in Sen. Rand Paul’s tea party response to President Barack Obama’s State of the Union speech. Now, Paul never actually mentioned Mack, but Mack told Brett Batten of the Naples News  that the Penny Plan Paul was talking about is in fact the same plan that once carried his name. 

“He and I have worked on this together. He came on pretty early (as a co-sponsor) and was a vocal supporter of the plan.”

Mack also drew attention when he penned an op-ed for The Hill condemning President Obama’s drone campaign, along with his administration’s policy to resort to “remote control assassination” of suspected terrorists, even if they are American citizens who have not been convicted in a court of law.

When he’s not busying sending out press releases or writing op-eds, Mack has his hands full with the launch of his new firm, Tarpon Strategies. Cohen is a partner in the endeavor, which Cohen says will be involved with political matters and public affairs, although neither Mack or Cohen aren’t ready to discuss specifics. “It’s still a very new undertaking,” Cohen said.

Cohen, who has a home in Bonita Springs, said he and Mack  are spending much of their time traveling between Southwest Florida and Washington. Mack’s also a regular visitor to New York City, where he tapes weekly appearances as a panelist on a CNN news show and other TV spots.

“We’re pursuing opportunities everywhere,” Cohen told the Naples News‘ Betty Parker.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including,,, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.