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Fasano clashes with Bennett, backs McCarty

Republican Sen. Mike Fasano of New Port Richey has rushed to the defense of state Insurance Commissioner, whose resignation was demanded by Sen. Mike Bennett of Bradenton in a letter to Gov. Charlie Crist.

"He is one of the most highly qualified and experienced individuals to hold this important post," Fasano said in a statement issued Friday from a legislative aide's BlackBerry. "Florida needs his steady hand to steer through the unique insurance challenges that continue to be part of Florida's landscape."

Fasano's statement did not mention Bennett by name, but he got his point across by ending this: "In a town in which insurance companies wield so much power, he (McCarty) has been a voice of reason and stability. During the many years I have worked with him he has never hidden his deep desire to make sure that consumer-friendly legislation and policy were his top priorities."   

[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 6:02pm]


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