Anyone who thinks Mike Fasano would fade from bareknuckled politics now that he’s serving as Tax Collector only need to check his Twitter page.
Earlier today, Fasano tweeted “Commercial from GOP candidate wanting to follow the tradition of Mike Fasano. Yet won’t support plan to help Pasco’s uninsured.”
Make no mistake, that’s a tweet across the bow of Republican Bill Gunter, the front-runner to replace Fasano in House District 36.
Not long after Fasano sent that tweet, Adam Smith of the Tampa Bay Times reported that Fasano told him:
“All of a sudden the state GOP wants to be my best friend. The same GOP that stood by while the local few in GOP voted me off the Pasco GOP Executive Committee last year. The same GOP that funded my primary opponent. The candidate who advocates in helpiing the uninsured of Pasco and Florida, the candidate who won’t follow the script and the Tallahassee leadership on every vote, the candidate who will sincerely want to help and protect the little guy and gal will get my full support.”
Reading that, it sounds like Fasano is building up the gumption to do the one thing Republicans feared he would do, only they thought he would do it in the gubernatorial race — endorse a Democrat.