Crist to raise cash for Fasano
Gov. Charlie Crist will be the host of a fundraiser for state Sen. Mike Fasano's re-election bid on Oct. 13 at a New Port Richey event. While Crist and Fasano picked opposite sides on some Pasco Republican Party tussles in August -- with Fasano's side losing -- it seems Crist still remembers Fasano for helping back Amendment 1's passage in January.
"The money issue is not as important as the grass roots support," said Fasano of Crist's showing. Fasano downplayed the effect of campaigning for the amendment. "I think he would be coming regardless. He has been a dear friend of mine for years," Fasano said.
The Crist event, which will be at Spartan Manor banquet hall, should help Fasano, R-New Port Richey, increase his fundraising advantage over Democrat Fred Taylor. New reports show Fasano increased his donation total by $48,000 to $538,000, including in-kind donations, through Sept. 12. Taylor still lags at $70,500, raising only $3,000 additional in the same time -- most of it in-kind from the Florida Democratic Party. Taylor has relied on in-kind donations from the party to pay for much of his campaign.
-- David DeCamp, Times staff writer