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Mike Fasano (Center) and Charlie Crist -Tampa Bay Times

Rick Scott Appoints Marco Rubio's Former Nemesis to County Job

Mike Fasano (Center) and Charlie Crist -Tampa Bay Times

Mike Fasano (Center) and Charlie Crist -Tampa Bay Times

By JAVIER MANJARRES

Florida Governor Rick Scott has appointed long-time Charlie Crist friend and supporter, State Representative Mike Fasano to be the Pasco County Tax Collector.

 “Mike Fasano has dedicated his entire life to protecting and serving Floridians – especially our seniors. He takes his work with constituents seriously. He has attended countless public meetings and worked to return every phone call.  Mike took his job as State Representative, as well as former State Senator, seriously and fought hard in the Legislature to do the right thing for Florida families.-Gov. Rick Scott

 Fasano, who spearheaded the anti-Marco Rubio Senate campaign in 2010, and even maintained a 572 political committee backing Republican turned Independent Charlie Crist’s Senate campaign, has been the proverbial political thorn in the side of many Republicans in Tallahassee, especially the leadership.

 The appointment could be a ‘thank you’ from Governor Scott for Fasano’s support of expanding Medicaid, this after the governor change his position on the issue, which triggered significant push-back against  him from Floridians campaigning against the crumbling Obamacare law.

 House Speaker Will Weatherford, even after butting heads with Fasano over his support of Obamacare, also congratulated Fasano saying that he” helped set the standard for what it means to be a public servant in the Florida Legislature.”

 Some see this appointment as a way of getting Fasano out of the way of Republican State Legislators, while a few think that it is a move to “ice” Fasano from backing Crist in a possible 2014 gubernatorial race against Rick Scott.


 It is doubtful that Fasano will show loyalty to Scott over his best buddy Charlie.

 Let’s take a stroll down memory lane. Remember when Fasano said this during the 2010 Senate race?

“Marco, you give a great speech that excites many, but you are woefully unable to provide solid solutions to the real problems the citizens of Florida face.” Fasano added that Rubio”is going to be, one day, a great U.S. Senator.” But not now. “He’s a young man who’s got a lot to learn.”-Tampa Bay Times 2009

 Then Fasano took a big page out of the one-time Reagan Republican Charlie Crist’s playbook, repeated almost word-for-word one of his friends most interesting statements about the Republican Party.

  “I’ve always been a Republican, a Reagan Republican, but I’ve seen some in our party move much too far to the right. I’m a social and fiscal conservative, but when it comes to helping the little guy and gal, some in our party have forgotten who that little guy and gal are.”- Mike Fasano

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Javier Manjarres

As the managing editor of The Shark Tank, Javier was awarded the 2011 CPAC Blogger of the Year. Countless videos and articles from the Shark Tank have been featured on Fox News, The Hill, Wall Street Journal, and other national news publications. Javier has also appeared on Univision’s “Al Punto” and numerous radio shows, including being the weekly 92.5 Fox News' DayBreak with Drew Steele political contributor

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  • Larry Joseph Morgan

    I think it’s time we start to seek and support a serious challenger to Gov.Scott in the upcoming Republican primary race!

  • Walker

    Did it occur to anyone at all, that maybe, just maybe, Scott appointed Fasano simply because he will do a great job. . . . .and for no other reason?

    Scott is not your typical politician . .. .Scott does what is best for the people and for the state.

  • Denny

    Walker’s right.

  • AmericanMorning

    Charlie Crist fooled a lot of good people.

    • AmericanMorning

      Revised and extended:
      “Charlie Crist fooled a lot of good people. Castigating those who associated with him before his defection would be like castigating George Washington for trusting Benedict Arnold.”