BY CHRIS INGRAM
Special Correspondent, The Tampa Tribune
Published April 26, 2011
With the scent of the tea party’s brew in the air, at least two “A”-team candidates smell political opportunity and look like they will square off against each other in hope of facing U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor next year.
Driving them is the slow erosion of Castor’s ballot numbers, frustration with Washington and the size of government, Castor’s lifeless constituent service and hopes for a more Republican makeup of the district following reapportionment.
That Castor, a Tampa Democrat, appears vulnerable hasn’t gone unnoticed by Castor, who appears concerned, as evident by her early hosting of big-dollar fundraisers with supporters. She’s also working to gin up her liberal base, as demonstrated a few weeks ago when she began engaging in the traditional Democratic campaign tactic of “Mediscare” (that is, scaring seniors into thinking Republicans want to take away Medicare benefits).
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