Rubio warns Nelson: Attacks on Mack 'could backfire'

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Marco Rubio isn’t happy with Bill Nelson’s attacks on Connie Mack’s youthful indiscretions, including bar fights and unpaid debts. Rubio said Nelson’s strategy of maligning Mack’s personal life is not only unfair; it ultimately “could backfire” on Nelson and wind up helping his GOP opponent.

“Floridians don’t like that kind of stuff,” Rubio told Hotline On Call in an interview. “People understand those things have nothing to do with who he is today and the qualifications he brings to the United States Senate.”

Rubio criticized Nelson’s negative attacks as ineffective because they don’t speak to the issues driving the election. “I just don’t think it’s going to be relevant,” Rubio said. “I mean, he’s been a member of Congress for a number of years now. He has a distinguished record serving there on the issues he’s taken up. So that’s what he’s going to be judged on.”

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, 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.