Mike Prendergast wants to debate Kathy Castor
Republican Congressional candidate Mike Prendergast is pressing incumbent Democrat Kathy Castor to debate him. He plans to hold a rally tomorrow near downtown challenging her to respond to a series of debates. A news release about the rally reads: "For nearly a year, Mike Prendergast has been listening to voters from the 11th district hearing repeatedly that incumbent Congresswoman Kathy Castor has ignored them and their concerns." The Prendergast campaign sent certified letters to Castor's home and and office notifying her of the challenge last week, but say they have received no response. So far, Castor has only appeared at one candidate forum with Prendergast, and that was a Tiger Bay meeting before the primary. Bobby Winsler, a spokesman for Prendergast, says Castor's unwillingness to face her opponent is reminiscent of the 2009 town hall meeting on health care reform that Castor ditched when anti-reform protestors caused a stir. "When she actually gets confronted with the issues and her voting record she disappears," Winsler said.