Why Kathy Castor is running scared

Bad ideas and scare tactics are this Democrats hallmarks
I received the following e-mail from Kathy Castor’s campaign today. The subject line was great, it said “Have you seen this?” The letter is pasted below with my comments back to here in red. I think we might have struck a cord with Mrs. Castor…

Bad ideas and scare tactics are this Democrats hallmarks

I received the following e-mail from Kathy Castor’s campaign today. The subject line was great, it said, “Have you seen this?”  The letter is pasted below with my comments back to her in blue. I think we might have struck a cord with Mrs. Castor…

Chris Ingram

 

Dear Friend:

Did you see the recent Tampa Tribune op ed where a local Republican political consultant highlighted two politicians who intend to run against me?  (Why yes, Kathy, I did. In fact, I wrote it!) “With the scent of the tea party’s brew in the air, at least two ‘A’-team candidates smell a political opportunity … in hope of facing U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor next year,” the consultant wrote.

I understand that I will be a target.  I am outspoken and not afraid to stand up to the special interests that have so much influence in Washington, D.C. (Really? When was the last time you spoke up to a labor union boss, the Department of Education, or George Soros?)

Will you help me prepare for the challenges ahead by contributing $100, $50 or $25? (Only if you promise me that you will only use the money for your early retirement party.)

Recently, I challenged Governor Rick Scott in a face-to-face meeting where I urged him to protect Florida taxpayers and aggressively seek compensation from BP, Transocean and other parties responsible for the Gulf of Mexico Deepwater Horizon disaster (Now Kathy, do you really think Rick Scott is going to take you seriously with all this rhetoric? Try toning it down a notch or two and maybe the governor will return your call). I am sponsoring one of the leading bills to ensure that the fines and penalties for the disaster are devoted to Gulf Coast economic and environmental recovery.  I have organized a new bipartisan Gulf Coast Caucus in the Congress to get this accomplished. (This sounds like Washington gobble-dee-gook. What have you actually accomplished to help anyone by setting up a caucus? Typical Democrat, more government is the answer).

I hope the political operatives also understand that I am not going to backdown in my opposition to the Republican plan to end Medicare as we know it.  Republicans want to privatize Medicare and thereby break the promise of security in retirement for future generations. (There you go again Kathy, you and I both know Medicare, Social Security, and Medicaid are bankrupting our country. Stop pandering and come up with some workable solutions to the problem. Voters are beginning to realize people like you in Washington aren’t the solution, you’re the problem!) I will fight to keep the promise of Medicare so that older Americans can live their retirement years in dignity (Great. Now please come over to my house and explain to my three young girls why their quality of life is going to suck because of pandering politicians like you who are leaving them with a staggering mountain of debt). Rather than address the deficit and debt by ending special interest tax loopholes or tax earmarks, Republicans are turning Medicare on its head by cutting access to doctors, hospitals and hospice for our older neighbors (You are starting to annoy me Kathy. You and I both know earmarks and tax loopholes are not going to solve the deficit/debt problem. Entitlements like Soc. Sec. and Medicare are the problem). The consultant (Kathy, I have a name. It’s Chris Ingram. We’ve spoken on the phone before and I sit next to your mom on set at Bay News 9 all night on Election Night and at other times. Please quit referring to me like I’m some sort of unknown boogeyman) called this “Mediscare” in his op ed.  The Republican plan to end Medicare as we know it is scary and we are not going to let it happen. (The Democrat plan of do nothing but pander and avoid the reality of the situation is what will lead to the USA becoming a broke, second-rate country).

I am the only Democrat on the west coast of Florida from the Panhandle to the Florida Keys (Technically, you’re not the “only Democrat” in that region, but you are the only one in Congress. Thank God!). I provide an important voice for students, older Floridians, veterans, small business owners and hardworking families (What about entrepreneurs, taxpayers — the ones who really pay the bills, non-“older Floridians,” and all the children of the next generation who are going to be stuck with the bills? Ever think about them Kathy? And I take issue with your being a voice for small business owners or hardworking families. More like people who prefer to be dependent on the government — that’s your constituency). The Republican poltical operative (my name is CHRIS INGRAM! It’s the name on my birth certificate and I will show it to anyone upon request!) confirmed that these candidates are capable of raising lots of money in their effort to “send Castor packing”, so I need your help to stand strong against them.  Please help by sending a contribution today for $100, $50, or $25.

Together we have been successful in bringing jobs and investments to the Tampa International Airport, the Port of Tampa, USF, Moffitt Cancer Center, MacDill Air Force Base, community health centers and more (Kathy, by your own accord, all the jobs you have “created” are government jobs — that’s the problem, you think expanding government means growing jobs. WRONG! Every gov’t job you “create” takes dollars out of the pockets of taxpayers and the private sector). But we still have much to do. With your help we will fend off these challenges and stay focused on improving the lives and economy for our neighbors and our great community.

Sincerely,

Kathy Castor

P.S. Will you contribute $100, $50 or $25 or whatever you can provide today to help me stand up for the hard working families in the Tampa Bay area?

Chris Ingram is the president and founder of 411 Communications a corporate and political communications firm, and publisher of Irreverent View. Ingram is a frequent pundit on Fox News and CNN, and has written opinion columns for the Washington Times, UPI, and National Review online. He is the Republican political analyst for Bay News 9, the only 24 hour all news channel in Florida’s largest media market. The opinions expressed here are those of author and do not represent the views of Bay News 9. E-mail him at: Chris@IrreverentView.com.

Please feel free to submit a comment on our blogs. By posting a comment you acknowledge reading and following our terms and conditions.  You may also submit a comment by e-mail. If you e-mail a comment you consent to your comment and name being posted on the Irreverent View website. If you wish to remain completely anonymous, please state so in your e-mail.

14 thoughts on “Why Kathy Castor is running scared”

  1. Chris, If your earlier equivocating article concluding that Kathy Castor could NOT be beaten prompted this response; Imagine what you could really accomplish if you joined the Tea Party.
    Your current “Reply” was well done and future articles should reflect the hard truths that we all are facing, whether Republicrat or Democan.
    Like this from Porter Stansbury:
    “As we’ve explained many times… the U.S. government is now in a “one way out” situation in regards to its debt and unfunded obligations. It has made incredible promises to hundreds of millions of people. There is no political will to stop making these promises. After all, making empty promises is how politicians “advance” in life. It has borrowed trillions of dollars from foreigners. The only way out of the mess is to pay back the debts and obligations with devalued money… to pick your pocket a tiny bit each day.”

    Like

  2. Reply to GenEarly:

    Thanks for your comments. I take issue with your characterization that the previous post about Castor meeting the “A” Team is an equivocation. It was merely observing the facts. Those are: the district is, and likely will remain a Democrat district as defined by it having far more registered Democrats than Republicans.

    With all due respect, you and many other of my fellow Republicans need to realize that just because you WANT something to be true does not make it true.

    I want to see Castor gone as much as you do, but I am realistic enough (and have been in this business of politics enough) to realize that seat is hers until doesn’t want it anymore.

    Chris Ingram

    Like

  3. Keep up the good work, Chris; many of us feel exactly like you feel! Despite the fact that your response to Ms. Castor was direct and unequivocal, I’m confident that she and many others who purport to represent us simply won’t “get it.”

    Like

  4. Chris, Pinellas has a majority Democrat registration,so what’s the difference? Democrats don’t even run over here or only rarely. I would suggest that surrendering before the fight always gets the same result.Or as the Repubs do when bargaining with Democrats in Washington: Give up 50% of what is needed and then settle for 25% of the pie.”A People Get the Government they Deserve”

    Like

  5. GenEarly,

    I don’t suggest surrender, but I am realistic. And I don’t like the way either party bargains the districts — mostly to protect their own incumbents (who are the ones who made the mess we’re in). But I gotta tell you, she’ll get re-elected. I’ll bet you a steak dinner on it. The Republicans can go dig up Reagan and run him around the district like he’s in the movie “Weekend at Bernies” and they’ll still lose.

    Like

  6. Reply to GenEarly,

    I don’t suggest surrender, but I am realistic. And I don’t like the way either party bargains the districts — mostly to protect their own incumbents (who are the ones who made the mess we’re in). But I gotta tell you, she’ll get re-elected. I’ll bet you a steak dinner on it. The Republicans can go dig up Reagan and run him around the district like he’s in the movie “Weekend at Bernies” and they’ll still lose.

    Chris

    Like

  7. your best point Chris:

    Together we have been successful in bringing jobs and investments to the Tampa International Airport, the Port of Tampa, USF, Moffitt Cancer Center, MacDill Air Force Base, community health centers and more (Kathy, by your own accord, all the jobs you have “created” are government jobs — that’s the problem, you think expanding government means growing jobs. WRONG! Every gov’t job you “create” takes dollars out of the pockets of taxpayers and the private sector).

    Like

  8. Chris,

    Hey, while Kathy Castor does not represent my district, I am happy to say she does not represent my opinion on BP either. Here is part of an email I sent to Governor Rick Scott on the subject.

    Abraham Blitch

    You just took care of this one but my thought anyways as you move forward.

    This one blows my mind, just look at lawsuits against tobacco. Who pays what some call “great victories”?, the consumer. So lets jump on the band wagon and sue BP they got plenty of money. This type of thinking is a complete void of common sense and or self serving in my opinion. Gas prices are high enough already and government is considering getting involved or has already committed to be a part of this shenanigan. Look, the lawyers don’t want to use their own money and want someone to finance this risk. The thinking is “Who better than The People” , the sell is “after all you are going to benefit”. The possible sell to Elected Officials, “Hey don’t you need money to finance your campaigns and think of the campaign slogan “I took down BP, I slaughtered the giant, I fought for you “. What a twisted way of thinking in my opinion, I’ll be thinking “yeah Thanks for the higher gas prices you self serving nincompute”. While BP will need to raise its prices if it looses, the other gas companies will take advantage and raise their prices for higher profit gains. Like I said, just look at Tobacco. By the way who pays court costs and legal fees if BP wins, well lets see, the plaintiff is the Government, hmmm. Is this a win win? sounds like a pay pay to me.

    The idea that government should sue BP over lost revenue of taxes is ridiculous and misplaced. There is no guarantee of tax revenue, period. If any one is responsible for the loss of tourism its the quacks who scared the Nation and the World by saying that the oil is going to come down the Gulf Coast, wrap around Florida and move way up the Atlantic Coast, RUN FOR YOUR LIVES. They and Government Entities that shoved this fear in our faces and down our throats are the one to hold accountable. By the way, where are they now? You know I don’t recall even hearing an apology from these quacks much less an explanation for their actions. That’s an investigation that should be done and the government entities that helped fuel the fear I hope the courts find they have no case seeing how they helped hurt Florida. The only possible damage to Government is physical property damage and this should be handled by each individual government entity who suffered this kind of damage to sue individually to restore the physical property. The suit should not be for a dollar amount but a detailed order of an agreeable timeline and scope of work for BP to restore the property. BP should hire and direct the work that needs to be done and pay out of their own pocket. This way we have a better chance to limit the damages and the amount they will have to increase fuel prices by. This will also eliminate the opportunity for government to exaggerate its losses, redirect the appropriations and limit the opportunity for corruption. Notice I said limit the opportunity, you cant stop someone from being corrupt if they choose to be but you can limit the hands involved thus limiting the opportunity.

    I understand individual People have losses due to this unfortunate incident and I have compassion for them. Its sill an issue between them and BP and the courts if they choose to go that route.

    In closing, using money from one person to pay the gains of another is the main framework of a Ponzi Scheme and the proposed way of dealing with these issues so far sound eerily similar to that. As long as government chooses to participate in this manner it will only lead to the fall of capitalism and free market in Florida and America. I don’t want to be a party to that. I hope you will take my thoughts into consideration. Thank You.

    Sincerely,

    Abraham Blitch

    Like

  9. I have watched Kathy Castor’s voting record for the past three plus years and find it interesting that she voted in the positive for every single issue presented by the Democratically controlled House of Representative, but has not voted in the positive for a single issue presented by the currently Republican controlled House of Representatives. We don’t need her to waste our money by being in D.C., she could just stay here in Tampa and give her proxy vote to the House Minority Leader. …Hugh

    Like

  10. Sorry for the delay,I was away training to be a better sheep dog over the weekend.
    My question on difference between Pinellas vs Hillsborough was not explored in your response.(Also considering the one exception of Pinellas voting for Obama and Hillsborough voting for McCain.)
    Your “realism” looks like the way elected Repubs negotiate in DC.
    Hint: Thought not only precedes action, but intention controls it.

    Like

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s