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RINO hunters want Mike Fasano's head

Cristfasano He's one of Pasco's best-known Republicans, someone who worked his way up as an ambitious party volunteer knocking on doors to a high-ranking state senator wielding his power to bring home money for roads and a hurricane shelter that bears his name.

But now, local Republicans are trying to exile state senator Mike Fasano from the party.The New Port Richey Republican's offense? Remaining a loyal supporter of Gov. Charlie Crist despite the Senate hopeful's switch to independent.

The five-member executive board of the Pasco Republican Executive Committee filed a grievance against Fasano with the state party this week, saying Fasano had violated the party's loyalty oath by supporting a non-Republican candidate.

"The senator continued to support publicly Charlie Crist for his senate run," said Pasco GOP chairman Randy Maggard, hours before he announced the decision Thursday to about 100 general members. "He broke every rule there is. We thought it was wrong. … If you're not a Republican, you don't need to be in the party. … I don't call it infighting. I call it cleaning house."

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[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 10:38am]


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