Mulieri backs Robertson for Pasco commission
Retiring Pasco County Commissioner Pat Mulieri says she's endorsing Bob Robertson to succeed her over two other Republicans, including one who served in the state House.
Mulieri, a Republican herself, said Robertson's earnest approach to learning about government coupled with his background as a financial adviser convinced her to back him over rivals Mike Moore, president of the Wesley Chapel Republican Club, and former lawmaker Ken Littlefield. A Democrat, Erika Remsberg, is also running.
"He's doing his homework," Mulieri said Wednesday. "There's a steep learning curve when it comes to being a commissioner and he's tried his best to learn about government and understand it. It's something you just can't jump into."
Robertson is a regular at county commission meetings, including workshops, and frequently attends other county events. He was among those in the first graduating class of Pasco's Citizen's Acadamy, which allows interested residents to delve into county operations and budgets.
He was also first to qualify for the ballot, collecting signatures from voters, as opposed to his fellow GOP candidates who paid the qualifying fee.
"He walked neighborhoods, talked to people and knocked on doors," said Mulieri, who's stepping down in November after more than 20 years on the commission. "He has Republican values and I think he will listen to the people."
"I think that it's a wonderful endorsement for our campaign," Robertson said. "It's an endorsement that comes from the heart that simply says 'I think you will reprsesent my constituents to the best of your ability,' and I'm just very excited to earn her confidence."