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Mike Fasano pens an almost-apology to Rick Scott's prison chief



The so-called No Fasano Zone at the Criminal & Justice budget subcommittee of the Florida Senate could soon end.

Stopping just short of saying he's sorry, Sen. Mike Fasano sent a letter to the Florida Department of Corrections secretary, Edwin Buss, asking him to stop by for a "meet and greet." Fasano earned a trip to Gov. Rick Scott's doghouse for toughly questioning the DOC layoffs proposed by the governor. Fasano's concerns, primarily over layoffs, led to an angry clash with fellow Republican Sen. John Thrasher. Soon after, Scott forbade his office from dealing with Fasano's committee (more here and here).

"It is unfortunate how things turned out last week during our committee meeting, as I certainly did not mean to disrespect your staff," Fasano wrote. Full letter is here: Download Fasano

When asked about the letter, Scott's spokesman, Brian Hughes, suggested in an e-mail that Scott was pleased: "The administration always stands ready to discuss Governor Scott’s jobs budget and other priorities with the legislature in a professional and productive manner. The letter’s apologetic tone seems to be a good faith offer that future committee hearings will be focused on legislation and how to move Florida forward. Senator Fasano’s recognition that there was room for improvement is appreciated."



[Last modified: Monday, February 21, 2011 4:54pm]


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