5 Horrible Things Rep. Connie Mack (R-FL) Has Done To Gay People

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.

Photo: U.S. House of Representatives

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  • Shadeaux

    “The lady doth protest too much, methinks”

  • MikeE

    when are people going to start referring to it as “the Christian Right Agenda”?
    honestly, it sounds just as insidious as “The Gay Agenda”, and it’s FAR closer to any form of truth.

  • Rock Star

    I live in Florida and believe you me this guy is scum.

  • hf2hvit

    Probably another member of Larry Craig’s Men’s Room Toe Tappin’Boogie Dance Troupe

  • niles

    And his wife, the “honorable” Mary Bono is such a total hypocrite, especially representing heavily gay Palm Springs.

  • Freddie27

    He’s extremely unlikely to win. Bill Nelson is a popular, moderate Democrat incumbent.

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  • tidalpool

    Ok, I get the divorce referance, but fornication and adultry? where did y’all dig those charges up?
    I must admit, he is physically the type of man I find attractive, that clean cut, big smile fair haired boy next door type.
    Speaking of gossip, when did Chaz go for the BIG surgery? My last update said Chaz had put that off till another day, that he was just taking hormones and had his breasts altered, but nothing more.

  • jmmartin

    Wait a minute, this guy is named “Connie”? I think I’d keep my sons at home when he’s hitting the stump. He might make them gay.

  • Tad

    Mary has played up to the gays in Palm Springs for years for her own political gain. I hope they see that she married a homophobic jerk. I never trusted her for a moment and could never understand how or why she was ever qualified to take over Sonny Bono’s seat. Now her legacy is being the two-faced wife of a true bigot.

  • Jack T

    @niles: Mary Bono Mack is a TOTAL hypocrite. She got her addict son from going to jail, has no concept of upholding the law. He is abusing Oxycontin but never went to jail. Kept DEA from her son. But she still thinks gays are NOT worth her time. As a Palm Springs resident, I am still aghast that she is STILL in office. She doesn’t deserve a congressional seat to spew her hatred, with her hypocrite adulterer husband.

  • balehead

    Vote her out too!

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