Mike Fasano thumbs nose at GOP again by attending Charlie Crist fundraiser Oct. 16

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Former Republican Charlie Crist is hosting a New Port Richey fundraiser this week featuring another former lawmaker unafraid to thumb his nose at the GOP: Former state Rep. Mike Fasano.

The $500-a-person event is Thursday from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the home of former Pasco County Commissioner Michael Cox and his wife Ann at 10831 Panicum Court.

To become an event chair takes $3,000; a spot on the host committee is $1,000.

This is not the first time that Fasano — a Republican who left his House District 34 seat to become Pasco County Tax Collector — raised the banner for Crist’s effort to return to Tallahassee as a Democrat.

Recently, Fasano and Quincy Police Chief Walt McNeil publically called out a Crist attack ad by Republican Gov. Rick Scott as a “low point” in the gubernatorial race.

The ad linked Crist to disgraced attorney and Ponzi schemer Scott Rothstein by way of an anonymous Fort Lauderdale investor, who says on camera, “I got swindled by Rothstein and Charlie.”

Soon after airing, the Miami Herald identified the man and showed that the ad’s claims were untrue and misleading.

“Enough of this type of campaigning and enough of Rick Scott,” Fasano told Bay News 9 reporter Troy Kinsey in September. He added he will not be changing his party affiliation.

More information and RSVPs for the event are available online.

Phil Ammann is a St. Petersburg-based journalist and blogger. With more than three decades of writing, editing and management experience, Phil produced material for both print and online, in addition to founding HRNewsDaily.com. His broad range includes covering news, local government and culture reviews for Patch.com, technical articles and profiles for BetterRVing Magazine and advice columns for a metaphysical website, among others. Phil has served as a contributor and production manager for SaintPetersBlog since 2013. He lives in St. Pete with his wife, visual artist Margaret Juul and can be reached at phil@floridapolitics.com and on Twitter @PhilAmmann.