Fortenberry Statement on Fidel Castro

Nov 29, 2016
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE) today issued the following statement on the death Fidel Castro:

“I have known a number of people who had to flee Castro's Cuba. Welcomed generously to America, they had to start over and rebuild their lives. Some came to recognize Castro as a revolutionary for the poor, yet in his wake he left poverty, despair, and death. Idealistic propaganda can't wish away that grim reality. While I don't celebrate the death of any person, perhaps Castro's passing will create the space between our two countries to build a neighborly, sustainable, and respectful relationship. I pray that the indomitable, creative spirit of the Cuban people will point us to a new type of economic, political, and cultural engagement that rejects oppression and elevates a mutual embrace of higher ideals."