Why Does Connie Mack Get to Use a Fake Name in Congress?

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Florida Congressman Connie Mack hasn't been using his real name. Not in Federal Election Commission filings, not in his Congressional bio, not in federal financial disclosure documents. Even on forms that ask for "Full Name" or "Name of Candidate (in full)," he writes -- and later signs -- "Connie Mack."

It's a name that's way easier to write down than his actual full name, Cornelius Harvey McGillicuddy IV.

Yes, he's got a nickname for both his first and last names. But it's become much more than just his great-grandfather's nickname that an entire line of Connies Mack have appropriated for themselves -- it's how he's listed everywhere, including on actual Congressional legislation, where he is referred to as "Mr. Mack," like he's some kind of preschool teacher with a last name too hard for kids who just figured out how to talk. It's rebranding taken to the extreme, and it looks like it's totally OK to do.

Basically, regulations at numerous levels are worded in such a way that if you get elected to Congress, you can call yourself whatever you want, which opens the door to all kinds of potential silliness. If Cornelius McGillicuddy can go by "Connie Mack," what's to keep Sen. Marco Rubio from going by "Markie Rubzz"? I'd vote for a Rubzz. I don't care what his position on immigration is.

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Cornelius McGillicuddy Sr., winner of 3,731 professional baseball games.
When it comes to campaign finance reporting, federal law refers only to "the individual's name" being required on file. The closest it looks like McGillicuddy has come to breaking a rule is in the instructions for the FEC form to declare candidacy for federal office, which reads (emphasis mine), "LINE 1. Print or type complete name and mailing address of the candidate."

An FCC spokesperson said, "Beyond this, I don't see any elucidation of the naming convention for candidates' names on FEC reports."

The House Office of the Clerk said congressmen simply designate what they want their official name to be when they're elected, and that's the name put on voting records and office doors and whatnot.

The Committee on House Administration is where incoming congressmen go to set all of that up. A call for comment to its press officer wasn't returned late last week.

One place Corny McGill can't hide his real name? Court. So when he gets a ticket for driving without a seat belt and having expired tags, you get a glimpse of his secret (actual) identity:
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But everywhere else, he can just be "Connie."


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CriminalswithaBadge
CriminalswithaBadge

My hero "Chaz", I do really respect him and his great work. Too bad Rothstein got popped I could use Chaz to clean up the criminals at 1300 West Broward Blvd. He could make a hundred grand a year plus tips tax free. He has a better closure rate than my slugs.  

Kevin
Kevin

It is common for candidates to go by the names they are known as rather than their legal names. Why are you not attacking Clarence William Nelson? 

KennyPowersII
KennyPowersII

John Ellis Bush? aka Jeb Bush.

Ffjj
Ffjj

again, just a first name nickname. i've never heard of anybody with a first and last name nickname. 

Rich Abdill
Rich Abdill

Plenty of people use nicknames for their first (or middle) names. Not many people make up a new last name for themselves.

Saving FL Future
Saving FL Future

It's hysterical that Connie Mack IV uses a baseball in his logo yet is not a baseball player.  The closest he got to the major leagues was grabbing Ron Gant's balls when he was getting his ass kicked by the Major Leaguer. 

FQS9000
FQS9000

Hooray.  Yet another example of how our Congresscraps have one set of rules for themselves and another for the peasants.

Term limits!!!!!!

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