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Heads' up: Democrats target Rep. C.W. Bill Young



Democrats are breaking new ground in long-fought -- and long-failed -- attempt to defeat Rep. C.W. Bill Young.

Five months after the election, the DCCC is paying for an electronic billboard that suggests the 22-term congressman is a fixture of Washington "partisanship." The billboard, on Ulmerton Road in Pinellas County, is only the latest salvo against Young. Robo calls have already hit him on gun control and immigration. He's been named a target by a number of liberal groups. The billboard is tied to Young's support of Rep. Paul Ryan's budget.

Democrats has reason to be hopeful: President Barack Obama won the districtl. But Young, 82, destroyed his Democratic challenger (What was her name?) as he has past foes.

Young's spokesman Harry Glenn said that one of the few things congress has done this term is pass a defense bill that came with wide biparsitan support. 

"This billboard is partisanship ahead of solutions," Glenn said.

"Every day when the people of Florida drive home, they think of how they will pay their bills, support their families, and pay for their healthcare and retirement – and now they will be reminded that Congressman Young would rather put radical ideology ahead of solutions for those worries,” said Emily Bittner of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. “Congressman Young voted for the Republican budget that puts millionaires ahead of the middle class and partisanship before solutions. Now Congressman Young will not be able to hide from his radical record because it’s in plain view.”

[Last modified: Thursday, April 4, 2013 12:09pm]


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