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State Sen. Mike Fasano blasts U.S. Senate hopeful Marco Rubio



State Sen. Mike Fasano has fired off a letter to U.S. Senate candidate Marco Rubio over comments he recently made about him to the St. Petersburg Times.

At a Pasco County fundraiser last Saturday, the Times asked Rubio what he thought about Fasano's support of his U.S. Senate rival, Gov. Charlie Crist. Rubio said only: "Maybe Mike Fasano supports the stimulus package."

Fasano said in his Nov. 12 letter to Rubio, which he sent out to reporters, that he was “disappointed” in the remark and said it “demonstrates a lack of maturity.”

“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,” he wrote. “It is easy when you are not in office to lob bombs at those who still are, but that my friend, is not statesmanship.”

Fasano wrote that “all Republican members of the Florida House of Representatives, all but one Republican member of the Florida Senate, and every Republican Governor in the United States accepted stimulus money. I believe that if you were in the Florida House of Representatives, you too would have voted to accept these dollars in order to protect our seniors, protect our school children, and keep from adding to our struggling resident's tax burden.”

“To recklessly lash out at those who are fighting in the trenches to cut spending, cut waste, reduce property taxes, reduce property insurance, and ensure that critical needs are funded is not only disingenuous, it demonstrates a lack of maturity.”

Fasano ends his one-page letter by asking Rubio how exactly he would have balanced a budget with a $6-billion shortfall if he refused stimulus dollars.

“The citizens of Florida have the right to know your answer now and not next week, next month, or next year. My constituents await your answer,” Fasano wrote. “Concrete answers are needed please, Marco and not more campaign talking points.”

Fasano told the Times in an interview today that Rubio has “put no substance” behind his campaign speeches.

“He’s a young man who’s got a lot to learn,” Fasano said.

--Jodie Tillman, Times Staff Writer

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 12:17pm]


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