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Littlefield mailer features Fasano



Pasco County Commission candidate Ken Littlefield this week rolled out a mailer featuring a smiling photograph and glowing quotes from Tax Collector Mike Fasano.

"It's not an endorsement. He just said some nice things about me," Littlefield, 70, said of the mailer that shows the two men smiling and standing side by side.

Littlefield said he sent 13,000 of the ads to west Pasco voters.

It reads: "I have known Ken Littlefield both personally and professionally for many years. We served in the Legislature together as part of the Pasco County delegation. As a colleague in the Florida Legislature, we worked closely on legislation of great importance to Floridians. Ken Littlefield is a man of honesty, integrity and strength of character. He cares about the little guy and gal!"

Littlefield posted a picture of the mailer on Twitter Thursday, thanking Fasano.

Littlefield, a former state legislator, is running against Mike Moore and Bob Robertson in the Republican primary on Tuesday. The winner will take on Democrat Erika Remsberg in the general election in November.

Fasano said he has no problem with any of the candidates using photos or statements attributed to him provided they're true and refrain from saying he's endorsing any particular one.

"I told all the candidates who came to see me that will not be endorsing anyone," Fasano said Friday, adding he's known Littlefield 25 years, ever since Littlefield's brother, Carl, served in the Florida House.

Fasano has been coy about endorsments in the past.

Last fall, he refrained from backing any candidate in the House District 36 special election until the final couple weeks of the race when he opted to publicly support Democrat Amanda Murphy.

And then he did so only when a mailer from Murphy's Republican opponent made reference to Fasano, triggering a rebuke from the former lawmaker.

Fasano served in the House from 1994 to 2002 before being elected to the Senate in 2002. He went back to the House in 2012 before being appointed Pasco's tax collector the following year.

Ken Littlefield served in the Legislature from 1999 to 2006. His ads hit mailboxes Wednesday and Thursday.

[Last modified: Friday, August 22, 2014 3:02pm]


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