Connie Mack keeps GOP field waiting on 2012 Senate run, paper reports

Congressman Connie Mack, right, talks to members at VFW Memorial Post 7369 as he made a visit on Veterans Day, Nov. 11, 2010. Mack also presented the VFW with a U.S. flag flown over the U.S. Capitol. Greg Kahn/Staff

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Congressman Connie Mack, right, talks to members at VFW Memorial Post 7369 as he made a visit on Veterans Day, Nov. 11, 2010. Mack also presented the VFW with a U.S. flag flown over the U.S. Capitol. Greg Kahn/Staff

Connie Mack IV is blessed with a golden political name that would make him an instant Republican front-runner against U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson in 2012.

But even as early polls show the congressman from Fort Myers as the strongest challenge to the Democratic incumbent, in many respects he's the most unpredictable candidate eyeing the race: a fiscal conservative with a maverick streak that includes supporting stem cell research, defending WikiLeaks and denouncing Arizona's tough immigration law as Gestapo-like.

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