PolitiFact Florida checks claim Mack worked for Hooters, was arrested for bar room brawls

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Screenshot from a Bill Nelson political ad attacking his rival, Connie Mack

St. Petersburg, Florida - Now that it's official that Bill Nelson will take on Connie Mack for the US Senate, there's sure to be a showdown over the next few months. In fact, the attack ads have already started.

Allison Kropff teamed up with PolitiFact to check just how much of a new ad you should believe.

Not too long ago, before the Republican primary, George LeMieux ran an attack ad making claims about Connie Mack's past. Well, Bill Nelson is taking a page out of his playbook and running a similar ad claiming Mack isn't fit for the US Senate.

This new ad by Bill Nelson introduces you to Connie Mack IV's past, making claims about working as a promoter for Hooters with a "history of bar room brawling, altercations and road rage." And for the most part, it's an accurate one.

"We know for a fact that Connie Mack did work for a company as a marketing executive that works for Hooters, [that] famously in 1992, got into a bar room brawl with a former Braves and Phillies baseball player. He was also arrested for disorderly conduct in Jacksonville in the 1980's as part of a bar room incident. Then in 1987 and 1988, there are two incidents of road rage, where he confronted other drivers stopping alongside the road for one reason or another," says Aaron Sharockman with PolitiFact Florida.

While there is a lot of truth to the ad, there's a little more to this story.

"The clarification here is that you need to remember that this happened a really long time ago. Mothing has happened, quite frankly, in the last 20 years," says Sharockman.

PolitFact Florida rates this claim: MOSTLY TRUE.

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