Citing his recent efforts in the special election for House District 36, Florida Democratic Party chair Allison Tant is expected to name former state Representative and current Pasco County Tax Collector Mike Fasano the new political director of House Victory, the party’s campaign arm dedicated to winning legislative races.
“No one has worked harder to elect a Democrat to the Florida House than Republican Mike Fasano,” said Tant. “So we asked him if he wanted to be in charge of all of our legislative campaigns in 2014. We were pleasantly surprised when he said ‘Yes’ “
In recent weeks, Fasano has been a dedicated campaigner for Amanda Murphy, the Democrat vying to win the House seat previously held by Fasano before he was appointed Tax Collector by Governor Rick Scott. Murphy is locked in a close race with Republican Bill Gunter, who is receiving extensive support from Republican leaders and GOP-aligned campaign committees.
But those committees’ efforts pale in comparison to the impact of Fasano, who has been everywhere for Murphy — campaigning outside of polling places, reporting the latest turnout statistics on Twitter, even on the phones after Fasano himself paid for a robocall this past weekend to let voters know that outside interests were attempting to influence the election.
“Most Democrats are too poor to pay for that kind of thing on their own,” said Scott Arceneaux, executive director of the Florida Democratic Party. “If Mike can just continue to pay for stuff out of his own pocket, the party might be able to sweep enough money out of the campaign accounts to pay back the donations we took in the past from Allied Veterans.”
It’s not clear how Fasano will balance his responsibilities as Tax Collector with his new duties with the FDP, but the veteran pol said he’s excited to help elect other like-minded candidates who “put the people before the party.”
Fasano will work under the direction of Rep. Mark Pafford, the liberal lawmaker recently selected by his peers in the Democratic caucus to lead them during the 2015-16 legislative sessions.
“I look forward to getting back at many of my former colleagues who attempted to isolate and marginalize me while I was in Tallahassee,” said Fasano. “God bless.”
Editor’s note: Just to be clear, the preceding post is a joke.