In new memoir, Connie Mack appears again on life in politics

Today you will find it difficult to find many people who would describe politics as an “honorable calling”. In his new memoir, Citizen Mack, Florida Senator, Connie Mack (who served in Congress from 1983 to 1989 and Senator from 1989 to 2001) reminds readers that this has not always been the case.

It was a personal tragedy that first inspired Senator Mack to run for office. When his younger brother Michael was battling melanoma for his life, the senator said he had spent time in intense discussions with Michael and his brother Dennis about the meaning and purpose of life. His goal was to help others succeed.

“There was no question that I was running for political office and that I was running for Congress,” he said. “I grew up with a great legacy of politicians on my mother’s side and a dream turned into a plan.”

“Citizen Mack” records Sen. Mack’s tenure and addresses related political events and issues. The project was driven in part by his desire that his grandfather and great-grandfather, both members of Congress, had written something similar.

“I would give almost anything to read about their experience and the history of events during their terms of use,” he said. “Now my grandchildren and great-grandchildren can read about my life.”

At first, Senator Mack wondered if he had enough content for a whole book, but that quickly changed when he started writing and realized that there was actually way more than he could fit. Long chapters had to be worked down. When it came time to write about economics, President Nixon’s voice was in his ears.

“Richard Nixon once told me that business is boring, boring, boring,” he recalls. “He said I need to travel, meet foreign leaders, and not rely so heavily on my dull speeches about the economy and budget. I was always thinking about this when I wrote my chapter on economics! “

In addition to his tenure, the book covers other topics Senator Mack is passionate about, including cancer research (after retiring from office, he was chairman and chairman emeritus of the Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa) and faith. It is not an autobiography, he emphasized, but a journey through his experiences. And the subtitle of his book “Politics, an Honorable Vocation” leaves no uncertainty about his unwavering respect for the public service.

“I really believe that politics is an honorable calling because it is the lubricant that enables society to move on,” he said. “We have a responsibility to live our lives and serve with honor.”

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