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Mike Fasano vs. Marco Rubio



State Sen. Mike Fasano, one of Charlie Crist's scrappier supporters, has sent a letter to Marco Rubio calling him out for his criticicsm over the federal stimulus package that bailed out Florida's budget. Correct us if we're wrong, but Fasano appears to slightly misstate the position of Rubio, who has said he would have opposed Congress passing the $787-billion package, but once it passed he would have accepted Florida's share of the money. Here's an excerpt from Fasano:

Marco, you give a great speech that excites many, but you are woefully unable to provide solid solutions to the real problems the citizens of Florida face. It is easy when you are not in office to lob bombs at those who still are, but that my friend, is not statesmanship. While many are ensuring that the most vulnerable of Floridians, our seniors, veterans, children, and consumers are protected and provided for, you continue your political rhetoric.

If you somehow cling to the stance that you would have refused stimulus dollars, my question to you is this: Knowing the state had a 6 billion dollar reduction in revenue, how would you have balanced the state’s budget without hurting our seniors, veterans, children, and consumers?

[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 1:05pm]


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