Rep. Kathy Castor apologizes for poor communications

Congresswoman reaches out to express frustrations with her office’s response

By Chris Ingram

Earlier today, I wrote about Rep. Kathy Castor’s less-than-ideal correspondence to me with regard to a matter involving Tampa company Odyssey Marine Exploration which I had written her office about.

The column made its rounds and ended up in Rep. Castor’s e-mail in box.

Rep. Castor called me this evening and profusely apologized for the poor response. She indicated she had spoken with staffers and that such a response would not occur again. I pointed out to Rep. Castor that I am personally aware of at least one other constituent who also wrote her office about Odyssey and that they got the exact same response. Furthermore, I pointed out that several readers have commented that they too get vague/generic/non-answers in responses from her office when writing about their concerns.

Rep. Castor assured me she is concerned about this and that she would take steps to correct the problem. Rep. Castor sounded sincere and legitimately concerned about this matter, and I give her the benefit of the doubt that she was not aware of the pathetic responses someone in her office was sending out on her behalf.

I challenge Irreverent View readers from Rep. Castor’s district to keep me informed of the improvements in correspondence as a result of her newly-found knowledge of the problem.

As for the matter related to Odyssey Marine Exploration, Rep. Castor asked me “what can I do to help?” I replied that a dialogue with the company would be a good first step and she asked me to set up such a meeting.

I also offered to Rep. Castor that I would be willing to publish a column from her about both her position on Odyssey Marine and her constituent communications. She indicated she may take me up on the offer later in the week but that her congressional schedule would prevent her from writing anything at the moment. Fair enough.

Will keep you posted…

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: [email protected].

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