TAMPA, FLA. -- It's probably the last thing George LeMieux wanted to hear as he contends against Connie Mack in the primary race for U.S. Senate, but Mitt Romney threw his support behind Mack Wednesday.
Romney, who is on a two-day campaign swing through Florida, said he made the endorsement because mack is someone he knows well.
"Connie Mack is a friend, a strong conservative and the type of principled leader we need in Washington to restore fiscal responsibility," Romney said.
The Mack campaign expressed strong appreciation for the endorsement, releasing a statement saying Mack was "excited and honored to have the support" of Romney.
Mack's campaign went on to say that "conservatives across the nation know that the road to retaking the White House and Senate runs through Florida."
The endorsement may, or may not, spell the end of the LeMieux campaign, which has waged a fierce primary battle against Mack.
LeMieux has said that Mack's personal history, which has been dubious on more than one occasion, will be red meat for Democrats who want to shoot down the candidate before he gets a full head of steam.