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Ignoring the pain and suffering of Cuban Americans in Florida, Tampa Congresswoman visits Cuba as VIP guest of dictatorship

Regardless of political parties, you would think a U.S. Representative would respect the pain of her fellow state colleagues in congress and their constituents and honor the noble and right cause so important to them. One would imagine that in spite of differences in opinion, common decency would lead an elected official to take seriously the very real historical and ongoing pain and suffering of those they disagree with and this would guide them towards prudence. With so many people murdered and imprisoned, and with so many families destroyed, it is not so unreasonable to expect a representative of a state where the majority of these victims reside to grant their anguish precedence over political and business interests.

Simple decency, empathy, and respect is not much to ask of a public servant. But it appears to be too much to ask of Tampa area congresswoman Kathy Castor.

Via Tampa Bay Business Journal:

U.S. Rep. Castor visiting Cuba

Kathy Castor

U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor is on a four-day visit to Cuba, a trip her office billed as a fact-finding visit focused on opportunities to poise Tampa as a gateway to Cuba and to create economic opportunities in this region.

She will meet with the Cuban Ministry of Tourism, the Ministry of Energy, the National Association of Cuban Economists, the Foreign Ministry of Cuba and the U.S. Interests Section in Havana, according to a written statement.

Castor also will visit farmers, small business owners and Finca Vigia, Ernest Hemingway’s house outside Havana.

The congresswoman recently announced that she supports lifting the embargo, which restricts travel to and business with Cuba.

She is traveling with representatives of the Washington, D.C.-based Center for Democracy in the Americas.

1 comment to Ignoring the pain and suffering of Cuban Americans in Florida, Tampa Congresswoman visits Cuba as VIP guest of dictatorship

  • asombra

    She’s only doing this because she figures she can get away with it and gain from it, and if she’s right, she’ll keep doing it. She would never pull this kind of shit if she considered it too risky for her career, regardless of her politics or ideology. The real problem is never the politician per se, but those who enable the creature. As for expecting non-Cubans to do right by us just because it would be the decent thing, we really have to wake up and smell the coffee. We've had way more than long enough to learn NOT to count on the kindness of strangers.