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All Charlie Crist fans must be purged from GOP



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


"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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