“Taxpayer-funded mailers highlighting Rep. Connie Mack’s “penny plan” — a proposal he’s also pitching as a Senate candidate — are landing in mailboxes outside the congressman’s district, an apparent violation of House rules,” reports Alex Leary of the Tampa Bay Times. “So far, copies have been reported in the Hillsborough County communities Odessa and Lithia as well as Sarasota and Coral Gables.”
Reached Tuesday night, Mack campaign spokesman David James told the Tampa Bay Times: “The Congressional office discovered the list vendor made a mistake in preparing the list and is in the process of informing and reimbursing the Treasury for the entire cost.” (More from the Times on the history of “franked” mail here.)
George LeMieux’s campaign wasted no time responding to the issue.
Said Anna Nix, LeMieux campaign spokesman: “Using taxpayer dollars to promote his campaign is a stunning ethical breach, even for Connie Mack the Fourth. But sadly, this is what Floridians have come to expect from a career politician who has a history of violent behavior, bouncing checks, spending little time in the state, voting himself pay raises and voting to increase the national debt for the rest of us. This latest abuse of taxpayer funds is further proof that Connie Mack the Fourth believes he is entitled to higher office and doesn’t have to follow the rules. Voters are fed up with this type of behavior from Washington politicians like Mack and there’s no doubt Floridians will reject his candidacy.”
As a corollary, be sure to read 10 News’ Noah Pransky’s investigation into how much Tampa Bay area lawmakers are spending on franked mail.