Castor: Tumult at town hall ‘has strengthened my resolve’ to push for health care reform.

Last night, a town hall hosted by Rep. Kathy Castor (D-FL) was disrupted by an angry mob of protesters, which led to at least one fist fight. But the fracas isn’t deterring Castor‘s desire for health care reform:

U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor, the focus of tumultuous reaction at a town hall meeting Thursday night, said in an interview this morning that the event has strengthened her conviction to support health care reform.

“It has strengthened my resolve to stand up for families and seniors,” Castor said. “Floridians are bearing a great burden in health care costs, more than almost any other state.”

“A healthy debate is good, but the rude behavior is not helpful,” she said. “I think it backfires. The response we’re receiving today is pretty overwhelming to speak up for families and bring down the cost of health care.”

Rep. Lloyd Doggett (D-TX) had a similar reaction after he was targeted at a town hall by the right. “I am more committed than ever to win approval of legislation to offer more individual choice to access affordable health care,” said Doggett in a statement. “An effective public plan is essential to achieve that goal.”