Mike Prendergast really wants to debate Kathy Castor.
The GOP candidate for the 11th Congressional District says he has sent four different letters to the Tampa area Democrat, and been denied each time a chance for a one on one debate on the issues affecting citizens in the district, which includes much of Hillsborough, along with parts of South St. Pete and Manatee County.
So early Tuesday morning, with approximately 50 supporters in tow as well as one supporter who donned a chicken outfit, the former military man held a short rally in front of TBO.Com, the combined joint news operations of the Tampa Tribune and WFLA News Channel 8, calling on his supporters to pressure local media into calling for a debate as well.
"Ladies and gentlemen, we need to light up the switchboards of this newspaper and this TV station, and every other media outlet in Tampa, demanding that Kathy Castor come out and defend her abysmal record of no accountability, responsibility and no integrity."
"Do we want people of Tampa Bay to have a clear choice on November 2," he asked, to a resounding "YES," from his supporters.
"We want her to come out and defend why she voted for S-CHIP," Prendergast said, referring to the children's health care bill from 2009 that will paid in part by an increase in tobacco prices, including cigars. "That cost Hav-a-Tampa Cigar Factory to close up shop and for 500 families to lose their jobs," he continued. "We her out here to defend that."