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Republican Mike Fasano Delivers Florida House Seat to Democrat Amanda Murphy
Media Trackers ^ | October 16, 2013 | James Taylor

Posted on 10/19/2013 11:29:39 AM PDT by george76

Pasco County’s Republican Tax Collector, Mike Fasano, likely provided the margin of victory for liberal Democrat Amanda Murphy yesterday as she narrowly won a special election to replace Fasano in the Florida House of Representatives. Murphy won the election over Republican Bill Gunter by just 300 votes out of nearly 20,000 votes cast.

After resigning his seat in the Florida House to accept appointment as Pasco County Tax Collector, Fasano pledged to remain neutral regarding the special election. During the final weeks of the campaign, however, Fasano broke his promise and campaigned hard for Murphy while aggressively attacking Gunter’s integrity with negative campaigning and unsupported innuendos. ..

Gunter, a longtime public school teacher who lettered for the Florida Gators football team and serves as the senior pastor at a Pasco County church, declined to respond in kind to Fasano’s attacks. Gunter also declined to respond in kind to negative campaign mailers sent out by the Florida Democratic Party.

In the final-week campaign ad attacking Gunter, Fasano never mentioned that Gunter is a Democrat. ...

Fasano, representing House District 34, was the most liberal Republican in the Florida House

(Excerpt) Read more at mediatrackers.org ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News; News/Current Events; Philosophy; Politics/Elections; US: Florida
KEYWORDS: amandamurphy; billgunter; demlite; fasano; gunter; mikefasano; murphy; rino

1 posted on 10/19/2013 11:29:39 AM PDT by george76
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To: george76

Another Charlie Crist.


2 posted on 10/19/2013 11:31:03 AM PDT by Viennacon
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To: Joe Brower; neverdem

Fasano backed Charlie Crist’s independent run for the U.S. Senate over Republican nominee Marco Rubio in 2010, and earlier this year called for Medicaid’s expansion in Florida under the Affordable Care Act.

http://www.tampabay.com/news/politics/legislature/special-election-under-way-for-house-district-36-seat-in-pasco/2147303


3 posted on 10/19/2013 11:32:14 AM PDT by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: george76

Not a Dime’s Worth of Difference.

Time for a Second Party.


4 posted on 10/19/2013 11:33:49 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: george76

Let me put it to you this way. In the early 20th century, the only way to win elected office in the South was to run as a Democrat. You had a lot of Democrats who essentially were just running as such to win. Many of them became the Blue dogs and some even jumped ship when the Republicans took over. When Republicans started winning though, a lot of people switched sides and became a Republican only because they wanted to win.

Political parties are too often just a rallying point for people with designs on power.


5 posted on 10/19/2013 11:42:08 AM PDT by Bogey78O (We had a good run. Coulda been great still.)
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To: dfwgator

Yup. I wouldn’t be surprised to see the same thing on a national level. If Paul ran against Hitlery, who do you think McCain would campaign for?


6 posted on 10/19/2013 11:42:12 AM PDT by jospehm20
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To: george76

Fasano is a fake.


7 posted on 10/19/2013 11:42:19 AM PDT by VRW Conspirator (Producing Talk Show Prep since 1998.)
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To: george76

Campaigning for the opposition should bear automatic decertification and removal from the party.


8 posted on 10/19/2013 11:43:07 AM PDT by darkangel82
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To: Bogey78O
When Republicans started winning though, a lot of people switched sides and became a Republican only because they wanted to win.

A lot of politicians are just opportunists. It easier to be a democrat opportunist than a republican.

9 posted on 10/19/2013 11:44:11 AM PDT by VRW Conspirator (Producing Talk Show Prep since 1998.)
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To: george76
Tax Collectors are elected here in Florida. Since he was appointed he will need to run for the position. Someone from Pasco needs to keep us apprised as to when that will be. We can do some payback! Get them at every stinking level of government.
10 posted on 10/19/2013 11:45:12 AM PDT by goodtomato (I'm really, really blessed!)
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To: george76

I remember Gunter was a Democrat in the 1970s and 80s. When did he make the switch?


11 posted on 10/19/2013 11:47:09 AM PDT by Berosus (I wish I had as much faith in God as liberals have in government.)
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To: Berosus

Georgia is filled with ‘former’ Democrats turned Republicans. That is how we got Isackson, Chambliss, Perdue and Deal.

Good strategy by Democrats - rebrand yourself as Republicans and once in office, vote like a Rat.


I remember Gunter was a Democrat in the 1970s and 80s. When did he make the switch?


12 posted on 10/19/2013 11:52:12 AM PDT by Dacula
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To: george76
declined to respond in kind to Fasano’s attacks.

And that was why he lost.

Passive acceptance of criticism is considered admission of guilt.

13 posted on 10/19/2013 11:52:30 AM PDT by Harmless Teddy Bear (Proud Infidel, Gun Nut, Religious Fanatic and Freedom Fiend)
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To: george76

What is with Florida and all its Liberal Repubs?


14 posted on 10/19/2013 11:53:57 AM PDT by celmak
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To: jospehm20
If Paul ran against Hitlery, who do you think McCain would campaign for?

Let me think about that for a minute. Let me really go out on a limb. Let me risk everything, including my life, my fortune, my sacred honor (where have I heard that before?) and make a judgement. He will support Hitlery.

15 posted on 10/19/2013 12:01:03 PM PDT by Mark17 (Chicago Blackhawks: Stanley Cup champions 2010, 2013. Vietnam Veteran, 70-71)
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To: george76

OK, either Gunter is a Republican or a Democrat. Somebody wake the editor up, please.


16 posted on 10/19/2013 12:10:41 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (Major brain damage at UMES, but no property damage!)
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To: george76

What is it with the Stupid Party refusing to fight back?! (”Did not respond...”)


17 posted on 10/19/2013 12:12:06 PM PDT by piytar (The predator-class is furious that their prey are shooting back.)
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To: george76
Gunter, a longtime public school teacher who lettered for the Florida Gators football team and serves as the senior pastor at a Pasco County church, declined to respond in kind to Fasano’s attacks. Gunter also declined to respond in kind to negative campaign mailers sent out by the Florida Democratic Party.

Once again, we see a GOP candidate not regarding politics as the street brawl that it is. And that's not just a modern thing; it was the same in Thomas Jefferson's time. Mr. Gunter earned that loss.

18 posted on 10/19/2013 12:13:46 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (Major brain damage at UMES, but no property damage!)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
And that's not just a modern thing; it was the same in Thomas Jefferson's time.

The street-brawling aspect of politics, that is.

19 posted on 10/19/2013 12:14:40 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (Major brain damage at UMES, but no property damage!)
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To: george76
Fasano, representing House District 34, was the most liberal Republican in the Florida House

thank you RINO Fasano...now DROP DEAD you TRAITOR!!!

20 posted on 10/19/2013 12:28:57 PM PDT by ExCTCitizen (Ben Carson/Rand Paul or Sara/Nikki in 2016)
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To: Viennacon

We got calls at the house fron Fasano urging us to vote for Murphy. I told my husband that I thought it was one of those democratic dirty tricks and someone sounded like Fasano. I couldn’t believe he’d do that. Finally my husband called Fasano’s office and asked if this was a trick and they said no trick, this is for real. Good grief.


21 posted on 10/19/2013 12:36:25 PM PDT by lilypad
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To: george76

Rats agree- The Good Republican.


22 posted on 10/19/2013 12:37:59 PM PDT by TADSLOS (The Event Horizon has come and gone. Buckle up and hang on.)
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To: george76

Okay. Glad that sick scumbag Fasano is gone... Of course he simply planted his snout in another part of the public trough, but at least he has no vote. Bottom line: I’d rather be punched in the face by a scumbag Democrat than stabbed in the back by a scumbag Democrat who masquerades as a “Republican”.


23 posted on 10/19/2013 12:40:00 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: Lancey Howard

Replace both of the fools next year .


24 posted on 10/19/2013 12:41:56 PM PDT by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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25 posted on 10/19/2013 12:51:02 PM PDT by RedMDer (http://www.dontfundobamacare.com/)
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To: george76

So just resign from the party and declare yourself a demorat already


26 posted on 10/19/2013 12:53:20 PM PDT by Nifster
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To: jospehm20

McShamey didn’t even really campaign for himself against Barry why in the world would he EVER campaign for any repub???


27 posted on 10/19/2013 12:54:16 PM PDT by Nifster
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To: george76; Chigirl 26; I still care; mickie; pax_et_bonum; scottteng; varialectio; M Kehoe
The line above "Fasano never mentioned Gunter is a Democrat" is an obvious typo. Carry on.

I'm on the ground here in the 36th state house district. You won't believe what I hear on the street, in the stores, in waiting rooms, from my neighbors. FasaNO is lower than the bellies of Florida's ever-present little lizards. The folks don't like traitors, Benedict Arnolds, Alger Hiss's....not at all. His is the most-reviled political name around here in recent memory.

My sources tell me that the Governor appointed him to county tax-collector just to get him out of Tallahassee where he was also a turn-coat-GOP member of the legislature....and a really nasty pain-in the arse, to boot.

FasaNO is also in my county. He has to fill out an unexpired term, then he's up for election. Believe me, he's toast if he runs as a Republican. He'll turn Dem....probably in the very near future....just as did his significant other, former GOP governor, Charlie Crist, who went Independent and then registered as a Democrap.

I'll keep up with FasaNO's every move and will post here when necessary.

His treason will also help insure that the tax-collector seat will probably be lost to the Republican party in the next election no matter what ticket he runs on. So he's a double-whammy.

FasaNO is on my list of all-time political rats....and his name around these parts will forever live in infamy....and if I can add anything negative to his political reputation, I shall do so.

Leni

28 posted on 10/19/2013 1:00:01 PM PDT by MinuteGal
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To: george76; 3D-JOY; abner; Abundy; AGreatPer; Albion Wilde; AliVeritas; alisasny; ...
GOP-e to Fasano:

WELL PLAYED

PING!

29 posted on 10/19/2013 1:00:34 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (Major brain damage at UMES, but no property damage!)
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To: george76

Fasano is a Prince among Florida RINOs. Candidates can NOT hold their fire when confronted by corrupt, dishonest creatures such as the RINO Fasano.


30 posted on 10/19/2013 1:09:51 PM PDT by House Atreides ( D)
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To: lilypad

Notice how conservatives get stabbed in the back by dirty RINO’s or Dems in GOP-e clothing. Rats hardly ever get the traitorous back stab deed from fellow vermin.


31 posted on 10/19/2013 1:52:10 PM PDT by tflabo (Truth or Tyranny)
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To: All; mickie
LAST-MINUTE POLITICAL TREACHERY IN FLORIDA'S PASCO COUNTY

I forgot to mention above that our GOP guy, Bill Gunter, lost by only !!!! 322 !!!! votes! This is what makes it so hard to take.

GOP office-holder FasaNO's treachery, his double-crossing, his last minute endorsement of the enemy and the false and misleading last-minute phone calls in a district full of easily confused, retired old folks surely did the trick for the victorious, equally-lying, ObamaKare-loving, Obama-cultist, Amanda Murphy (the conglomerate of every robotic dumb lib dame you've every met).

Whew!

Leni

32 posted on 10/19/2013 2:07:42 PM PDT by MinuteGal (<p>)
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To: Berosus

That’s not the same Bill Gunter.


33 posted on 10/19/2013 2:44:55 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: VRW Conspirator

“A lot of politicians are just opportunists.”

Yes, not to mention the sociopaths, I’ve read that 4% of our population are sociopaths, I believe it’s much igher among politicians.


34 posted on 10/19/2013 3:54:41 PM PDT by duffee (NO poll tax, NO tax on firearms, ammunition or gun safes. NO gun free zones.)
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To: MinuteGal

The local Libertarian party also endorsed Amanda Murphy the rap on Gunter was that he was in the pocket of some group that favors public financing of stadiums ie more bread and circuses for the masses.


35 posted on 10/20/2013 3:09:33 PM PDT by scottteng (Tax government employees til they quit and find something useful to do)
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To: george76

Another close election...where the Dem wins.

Gee.

Stevie Wonder could have seen that one coming.


36 posted on 10/21/2013 5:45:35 PM PDT by exit82 ("The Taliban is on the inside of the building" E. Nordstrom 10-10-12)
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