ThinkProgress is running a great series that profiles anti-LGBT politicians heading into the November Senate elections.
This week, the site took a look at Cornelius Harvey McGillicuddy IV, a.k.a. convivial Rep. Connie Mack of Florida (left), who is looking to unseat incumbent Democrat Sen. Bill Nelson from his Senate seat. (The seat was previously held by Mack’s father, Sen. Connie Mack III).
During the primary race, Mack attacked opponent George LeMieux in a press release peppered with anti-gay rhetoric: “George LeMieux has shown support for many socially liberal programs, both before and after he orchestrated Charlie Crist’s election,” read a release from “The Social Conservatives for Mack Coalition.” “George was an early and vocal supporter of the gay agenda as a candidate for state representative and then while serving as the self-anointed political maestro and Chief of Staff to Charlie Crist’s failed governorship.”
Oh, but that’s not all! While in the House, Mack—who scored a “zero” on HRC’s Congressional Scorecard—voted:
1. For a constitutional amendment defining marriage as between a man and a woman (2006)
2. Against funding domestic-benefits for same-sex couples in the District of Columbia (2007)
3. Against the Employee Nondiscrimination Act (2007)
4. Against adding sexual orientation and gender identity to federal hate-crime statutes (2007, 2009)
5. Against the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell (2010)
Wow, this guy really doesn’t like the gays!
He must be one of those hardcore moralists who takes the Bible literally, right? Except that after college, Mack worked as a special-events coordinator for the busty restaurant chain Hooters. And after getting divorced (divorced!) in 2006, he married fellow Congressperson Mary Bono Mack less than a year later. (Mary, of course, has been supportive of her transgender stepson, Chaz Bono.) Divorce, fornication, adultery—Mack’s whipped himself up quite a little list of sins, hasn’t he?
Real the full piece on ThinkProgress—but make sure you have an empty stomach.