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Fasano questions Brown-Waite's political ploy



Buzz_1 When Congresswoman Ginny Brown-Waite decided not to run for re-election at the last second Friday and hand-pick her Republican successor, it targeted one person: Mike Fasano.

The state senator from Pasco County has eyed the seat for a long time and has only two years left in the Legislature. Those close to him say Fasano -- who isn't Brown-Waite's best friend -- is bristling at her political ploy.

In an interview, Fasano acknowledged it was "questionable."

"It is something I hope the constituents will be asking Sheriff Nugent and also I think it gives a blemish to politics and maybe also to the party itself," he said.

As for whether he was interested in running, "it was certainly something I would have looked at," he continued. "However, as you know and Sheriff (Richard) Nugent knows, if he were to be the winner, it's the Legislature that will be drawing the Congressional seats of the next two years."

(Photo by Scott Keeler, Times)

State Sen. Paula Dockery, who represents part of the district but lives in a different one, called the move "sneaky."

"They should have given people the opportunity to file," she said.

[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 11:32am]


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