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Justice chides Young over debates

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September

With time dwindling in their Congress contest, Democrat Charlie Justice has blasted U.S. Rep. C.W. Bill Young, R-Indian Shores, for not agreeing to debate him.

Young has been recovering from back surgery. While his campaign has put out ads and mailers, the 20-term congressman hasn't been seen much. But Young has a history of not debating opponents in a district that's once again considered safely his to win. Young has a massive advantage financially over Justice, a state senator from St. Petersburg -- plus a distaste for Justice's slams on Young's ethics.

In July, Young suggested he wouldn't debate Justice, though Young did appear at a January meeting of the Suncoast Tiger Bay club before announcing his re-election plans.

Young's office didn't immediately return a call for comment Friday. Justice's news release is below.

Bill Young still won’t commit to debate
 
(September 23, 2010. St. Petersburg) After Bill Young has neglected to commit to any public forums or debates this election cycle, his opponent, Senator Charlie Justice, questions the incumbent's commitment  to his constituents.
 
"If Bill Young won't show up to discuss the important issues of the day in front of the voters, how can we count on him to show up for crucial votes in Washington?" asked Charlie Justice. "His silence on the issues does nothing but confirm that he is beholden to the same old policies that have increased the unemployment rate, decreased access to healthcare and caused the federal deficit to soar with frivolous earmarks."
 
Justice also pointed to Young's quote from earlier this year when he said he may retire if people were "nice" to him.
 
"You shouldn't run for office out of entitlement or spite. You should run because of a commitment to public service. I just wonder how much commitment is left after 40 years or if he is just trying to coast to retirement," said Justice.
 
"The people of Pinellas know they can count on me to stand up for the right things for the right reasons. I will be a Congressman who works hard every day to make things better for our community," continued Justice.

[Last modified: Friday, September 24, 2010 11:30am]

    

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