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All Charlie Crist fans must be purged from GOP

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October

Back in May, Pasco GOP chairman Randy Maggard pledged to clean house: "RINOs" — Republicans in Name Only — were not welcome in the party.

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"We will not put up with it in Pasco County," he said then. "We're going to weed them out."

The first target was state Sen. Mike Fasano, R-New Port Richey, whose offense was supporting Gov. Charlie Crist despite the U.S. Senate hopeful's switch from Republican to independent. By August, a frustrated Fasano resigned from the Pasco Republican Executive Committee.

Now, Pasco GOP leaders have targeted two other elected Republican officials: Sheriff Bob White and Commissioner Ann Hildebrand. Their offense: They were headliners at a recent Crist fundraiser in Pinellas.

"How in the world can our elected local Republican officials try to defeat a Republican in a general election? The nation is sick and tired of RINOs," said an e-mail message to Pasco GOP members from Maggard, who learned of the event by a blog item on the St. Petersburg Times' website. "Read this article twice, remember it, and rest assured the Republican Party of Pasco will not forget."

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[Last modified: Thursday, October 7, 2010 5:33pm]

    

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