In a mailer to House District 36 voters, the Florida Democratic Party has done the one thing former state lawmaker Mike Fasano asked all involved in the race not to do: use his name in campaign materials.
“Our former State Senator, Mike Fasano, refuses to support fellow Republican Bill Gunter.” reads the mailer.
On the night of the GOP primary, when Republican Bill Gunter emerged from a primary to face-off against Democrat Amanda Murphy, Fasano warned both candidates to not play fast and loose with his name.
“I would ask them to put the people of Pasco first and not the special interest of Tallahassee and the leadership of their respective party,” said Fasano. “I would also ask they run on their own merits and not use my name in their mailers and/or TV commercials.”
Earlier this week, Fasano released a strongly-worded statement condemning Citizens for Fairness, a Republican-aligned electioneering communications organization, for invoking his name in a mailer.
“To any voter who may have received or read this flyer,” Fasano said, “I want you to know that it was sent to you by an organization that is … funded by special interest dollars from Tallahassee. This group does not have the interests of Pasco County at heart. … The allegations it puts in the flyer using my name are untrue and should be discounted by anyone who reads them.”
The question now is whether Fasano will react with as much indignation towards the Florida Democratic Party as he did to Citizens for Fairness?
Here is the mailer: