Mike Fasano congratulates Bill Gunter, Amanda Murphy, but also asks that his name not be used in their campaign ads

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Bill Gunter of New Port Richey easily won the GOP primary in the special election for House District 36. He now faces Democrat Amanda Murphy in the general election to see who will replace Mike Fasano.

Asked for a reaction to tonight’s results, Fasano congratulated both Gunter and Murphy. “I wish them both well in the upcoming October general election.”

In addition to the congratulatory note, Fasano had a more specific message.

“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.”

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.