U.S. Rep. Dennis Ross, R-Lakeland, has declined to appear at a Tampa Tiger Bay Club forum with his Democratic opponent for re-election, Alan Cohn, the club says.
In a newsletter e-mailed to members, the club said Cohn has accepted the invitation for the Aug. 15 appearance while Ross says no -- but, it adds, “Maybe he’ll change his mind. Dennis is a savvy guy. Maybe we’ll see him after all.”
Cohn is a political novice, but as a former investigative television reporter, not a complete unknown. He vows to give Ross, who won re-election without opposition in 2012, a significant challenge.
The Tiger Bay Club is a non-partisan lunch club that focusses on politics and invites officeholders and candidates of both parties to speak and take questions. Members pride themselves on asking speakers tough questions.
The Cohn-Ross forum is at the Maestro’s at the Straz restaurant at noon Aug. 15.
Ross’s District 15 covers western Polk and eastern Hillsborough counties.