Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Mack Yet to State Intentions

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Mack Yet to State Intentions

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U.S. Sen. Connie Mack, R-Fla., has a $2 million campaign war chest and plenty of time to raise more for a re-election campaign in the 2000 election.

But the big question in Washington these days is whether Mack will even run.

Mack has been putting off a decision about whether to seek a third term, though he is expected to make an announcement soon.

Mack apparently wanted to get through the impeachment trial before focusing on his plans. Mack recently told the Gainesville Sun that he had not made a decision. He was traveling in Israel last week.

"The senator will make an announcement at the appropriate time," said Nancy Segerdahl, communication director in Mack's Washington office.

Bob Sparks, a spokesman for the Florida GOP, said Mack has "given no one any indication that he's not going to run."

Mack would be heavily favored to win a third term. But if he doesn't run, competition for the seat will be intense. Florida remains a bipartisan state.

U.S. Rep. Peter Deutsch, a Lauderhill Democrat, has already said he'll run if the seat is open.

On the Republican side, possible candidates include Charlie Crist, the 1998 GOP Senate nominee and Mack's former state director, and newly elected Secretary of State Katherine Harris. That might even be something U.S. Reps. Cliff Stearns and Tillie Fowler would consider.

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