Email Insights: Connie Mack happy to see Lee Co. GOP chair Terry Miller go

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Former GOP U.S. Rep. Connie Mack is certainly glad to see Terry Miller go.

The four-term Congressman, best known for his failed budget-balancing “Penny Plan,” said Miller, the Lee County Republican Executive Committee Chair, did “the right thing.”

Miller, who resigned Tuesday afternoon amid controversy over campaign consultant work through his company, TM Strategic Consulting Services. He had represented GOP state representatives Matt Caldwell and Ray Rodrigues as well as Lee County Commissioner Brian Hamman.

Mack had been calling for Miller’s resignation since the news broke of the corruption of working as a both the Party chair and paid consultant.

“I’m certain this wasn’t any decision for Terry make, but I applaud him for doing what is best and right to make certain the Party we both believe in can thrive in the months and years ahead,” Mack said in an email sent out on Thursday.

He added that Lee County Republicans “deserve a new Chairman who will breath (sic) new life into our shared goal of electing good candidates to public office.”

Calling this a “new chapter,” Mack says he is excited to work whoever takes Miller’s place.

Of course, none of this had anything to do with Miller working for State Senator Lizbeth Benacquisto last year. Mack supported Benacquisto’s opponent, Curt Clawson, in the recent GOP primary for Florida’s 19th Congressional District.

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