Joey Redner backs Dana Young over own dad in Senate race
State Rep. Dana Young, R-Tampa, has a surprising ally in her state Senate race against Democrat Bob Buesing and no-party candidate Joe Redner: Redner's son and daughter-in-law, Joey and Jennifer Redner, have each given the maximum $1,000 contribution to Young's campaign.
They made the contributions way before Joe Sr. got in the race. Joey runs Cigar City Brewery and Young is a long-time champion of the craft brewing industry.
So will the younger Redners now come around and support dad?
"When the industry was just starting, she was one of the few politicians that would even meet with us and listen to us," Joey Redner said. "I support my dad as my dad and I love him, but I think Dana is pretty effective. I don't agree with all her politics, but I also don't agree with all my dad's politics, either."
Joe the Elder can't complain too much. His share of the profits from the sale of Joey's phenomenally successful brewery are enabling him to partly self-fund his campaign.