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Mack campaign: Comparison to actor Charlie Sheen offensive

The Associated Press
Published:   |   Updated: March 19, 2013 at 03:23 PM

Rep. Connie Mack may have some barroom incidents in his past, but his Senate campaign says that's no reason to compare him to actor Charlie Sheen.

On Thursday, a day after former Sen. George LeMieux called Mack "the Charlie Sheen of Florida politics," Mack's campaign said that drug and alcohol addiction is a serious matter and the comparison was "outrageous and offensive."

LeMieux held a press conference Monday to point out Mack's history of altercations and financial problems and said Mack is unfit to serve in the Senate. In comparing Mack to Sheen, who lost his job on "Two and a Half Men" after a drug-fueled meltdown, LeMieux said it might be disrespectful to Sheen.

Mack and LeMieux are seeking the GOP nomination to challenge Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson.

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