Justice tries to recharge support against Young
Speaking in the same building where Rep. C.W. Bill Young announced his re-election last week, Democrat Charlie Justice tried to rev up support by stressing the importance of his race.
After Young announced he wouldn't retire, the convention wisdom said the U.S. House seat would like stay Republican. Justice urged the crowd Saturday night at the Pinellas County Democrats' Kennedy King Dinner to help his campaign.
He also took on Young's penchant for lining up money for projects. Harkening the scandal of ex-state Rep. Ray Sansom, Justice quipped that if it happened in Pinellas County, he'd be "nominated" by Republicans to Congress. And it's "ironic they call it earmarks" when Young is "tone deaf" to needs of people.
But after speaking, Justice acknowledged the chatter about his chances. With so many candidates, he said he needs to encourage people to help out, noting he began running before Young's news.
"This district is dead even -- dead even," Justice said. "He has not had a real race in, can we say, ever?"