Bill Young blasted as Lockheed Martin 'gopher'
UPDATE: House Appropriations chairman John Murtha, D-PA, indicated today he will not pursue the jet funding.
A liberal advocacy group is running radio ads in Tampa Bay urging U.S. Rep. C.W. Bill Young to drop support for F-22 fighter jets.
The Senate yesterday bowed to President Barack Obama and scrapped plans to spend $1.75 billion on seven more jets. But House defense appropriations committee members like Young, R-Indian Shores, may hold their ground.
The ad features Mike Burns, an Air Force POW who spent time in the same Hanoi prison camp as Sen. John McCain. “This is one of the most worthless and unnecessary programs and we’ve spent 30 years dumping money into it,” Burns says in the ad. “I’m asking Congressman Young to vote against (the F-22). Be a lion, not a gopher, for Lockheed Martin.”
The group, USAction/TrueMajority, said the ad (listen here) is running on WDUV in St. Petersburg and WFLA in Tampa. The organization also attacks Young for taking defense contractor money and then securing tens of millions in earmarks for them.
Young stood by his support. "I'll be glad to take criticism all day long for my consistent support for a strong national defense. As I have said so many times before, I don't want to send our American pilots into combat in one of the best aircraft. I want to send our pilots into combat in the very best fighter aircraft available."