By JAVIER MANJARRESFlorida 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.
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“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