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George LeMieux

Former U.S. Senator George LeMieux is throwing in the towel, he announced on his You Tube channel today.

It's not a complete surprise. He's been trailing badly in the polls since Rep. Connie Mack IV got into the race.

But in another way, it's a little unexpected, because LeMieux went after Mack with a series of controversial ads that painted him as an irresponsible playboy.

Last week, WUSF quizzed former Senator George LeMieux about his "Two-and-a-Half Macks" ad.

It went after rival Rep. Connie Mack IV for several run-ins with the law and financial difficulties.

Now, PolitiFact Florida is weighing in on one specific claim: that Connie Mack IV's "only real job in the world" was "events coordinator at Hooters."

In an interview with WUSF, former Sen. George LeMieux is standing behind his decision to attack Rep. Connie Mack as the Charlie Sheen of Florida politics.

The Republican Senate primary campaign in Florida has heated up fast, after information about Connie Mack IV's legal troubles -- including fistfights and financial woes -- was published in the Tampa Bay Times and Miami Herald.

Now, LeMieux's campiagn is using that information in "Two and a Half Macks" -- an animated ad on the internet.