Published: Jan 12, 2012 7:34 PM EST
Updated: Jan 12, 2012 11:21 PM EST

FORT MYERS, Fla.- The latest candidate to throw his name into the race to replace Connie Mack met with supporters. Trey Radel held a rally in Cape Coral this morning.

The former TV broadcaster turned conservative talk show host met with 100 or so supporters at the Clubhouse Grille. The event was the first rally from any candidate in what is still an early race.

Radel announced his candidacy on his radio show last week. The Republican touted his experience in the private sector owning a local newspaper, which he later sold.

Supporters peppered him with questions on a number of issues from his position on abortion, to immigration, the economy and redistricting.

Radel isn't the only Republican running, but he's probably the best known. He's up against some better organized candidates including State Rep. Gary Aubuchon and Paige Kreegal. Lee County Commisionner Tammy Hall is also in the race.

Radel acknowledge he's got a steep hill to climb. If there's a front-runner in the race, it's Chauncey Goss. The son of former CIA Director and Sanibel resident Porter Goss has plenty of connections in Washington including the Bush family. He also workerd on Senator Marco Rubio's campaign two years ago.

Radel is having a second rally this afternoon in Naples.