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Congressman Charlie Justice?



Justiceimages Who was that fellow in DC last week talking with Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee chairman Chris Van Hollen and DCCC staffers about possibly running against Republican U.S. C.W. Bill  Young? None other than state Sen. Charlie Justice.

"A lot of people have been asking me to at least think about it, consider it,'' said the St. Pete Democrat, who is doing just that and said his running would not necessarily depend on Young, R-Indian Shores, retiring.

Youngimages "We all know he does his share of bringing home money for Florida and for the distruict but there's concern that on the big issues there are parts where he's out of touch,'' Justice said of Young, citing Iraq and No Child Left Behind.

Justice, whose name is also in the mix of potential St. Pete mayoral candidates,  would not have to resign his senate seat to run for Congress, so taking on Young might boost his name recognition if Young waits awhile to retire. "I don't get into campaigns to raise my name i.d. for future races or to set myself up for mayoral race,'' said Justice, who would face a likely primary challenge from Samm Simpson. "If I  did it I would run to win."

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 12:56pm]


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