Older and 'more aggressive' Bill Young gears up for another election
UPDATE Sunday evening: Ehrlich statement: "I welcome Congressman Bill Young's active engagement in the race for the FL-13 congressional district and I look forward to a spirited and candid debate of the issues facing the people of Pinellas County for the first time in twenty years. ... The voters of Pinellas deserve better. That is why I invite Congressman Young to a series of debates whenever and wherever over the course of the campaign to make sure we both directly answer the questions and concerns of the voters of Pinellas and share our visions for the future."
Already bombarded with Democratic attacks, including a robocall this week, Young is prepping for another campaign. And Pinellas County Republican says he's ready for a fight.
"I'm getting older. I'm getting more aggressive and I'll probably be more political than I've ever been," Young said Friday afternoon outside the House chamber. "I'm going to respond where I need to respond."
Later this month in St. Petersburg, Young will hold a re-election fundraiser and he has two scheduled in June. He raised $58,000 in the first quarter, marking an earlier than usual start for him. (Last cycle he raised $1 million for the first time) The Democrat he easily dispatched last November, Jessica Ehrlich, has already declared she'll run again.
Young is carrying around a picture of him standing next to the health care law, a tower of paper that rises above him. He took it Thursday just before voting with other Republicans to repeal the law, the 37th such time the GOP has done so.
Leading up to the vote, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee paid for robo calls in his district. To anyone who contacts his office, Young is happy to send the photo along with a one-page summary of why he feels the Obamacare is a disaster.
"Washington Democrats have initiated a robo-calling campaign to my Congressional office to ask me to stand up for consumers. That is exactly what I did by voting to repeal the President’s health care law," he writes, blasting the law's reach and the "sheer uncertainty" it brings.
"At a time when we should be trying to repair our fragile economy and create confidence and stability in the way ahead for the American people and American employers, " the letter reads, "we cannot continue to endure month after month of chaos and confusion caused by the release of one federal regulation after another that undermines that confidence, creates confusion and instability throughout American households and businesses, and threatens the quality and availability of health care for our families.