Privatization dust-up: Was Fasano too mean to Scott’s peeps?by Dara Kam | February 15th, 2011
Senate Criminal Justice Appropriations Committee Chairman Mike Fasano says he’s not sorry for being harsh with Gov. Rick Scott’s aides at a budget meeting last week.
Scott’s policy and budget staff skipped Fasano’s meeting this morning after Scott ordered them not to show up because of Fasano’s angry questioning about the governor’s plan to do away with more than 1,800 prison jobs.
Senate budget chief J.D. Alexander told reporters “an apology is in order” after saying Fasano’s treatment of Scott’s staff was “not ideal.”
Fasano said no mea culpa is forthcoming.
“Why would I apologize?” Fasano, R-New Port Richey, said.
Scott’s staff should have been better prepared to answer his questions, Fasano said.
“I don’t know what it was,” he said of this morning’s snub. “I thought it was a bit childish.”
Alexander shut down Fasano during a line of questioning about private prisons during the Senate Budget Committee earlier today.
“That’s enough, senator,” Alexander, R-Lake Wales, said sharply before he cut him off.
Fasano, who has a long history of supporting the union that represents prison guards, is balking at Scott’s plan to shut down two state-run prisons while expanding private prisons.
“Clearly he’s had a long standing relationship with the union. They have a legislative award named after him,” Alexander noted.