C.W. Bill Young faces challenge from Libertarian

A Libertarian candidate says he'll challenge Rep. C.W. Bill Young and is taking a few shots at the long-serving Pinellas County Republican.

A news release touting Michael Hull, 36, notes Young's age (80), says Young's primary residence is in Virginia, and asserts that Young has been "considerably more reclusive and inaccessible to his constituents in recent years."

"Hull is no stranger to a good fight. He's a retired professional boxer, a former semi-pro hockey player, and an Air Force veteran, where he served honorably as a Farsi linguist," boasts the news release, issued by the Libertarian Party of Florida. "And Hull is not all brawn, either. He speaks five languages and has a degree in international studies and political science from Baylor University."

Young told the Buzz last week that he's already raising money, suggesting he'll seek a 22nd term.

2012 tidbits

• U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson will report raising just under $2 million for the quarter, the Buzz hears, and will have about $7.5 million cash on hand for his re-election campaign. No word yet from his Republican challengers.

• Former U.S. Sen. Mel Martinez, a John McCain backer in 2008, has endorsed Mitt Romney for president. Said Martinez: "I have great confidence that Mitt Romney is the candidate to get our country back on track."

• Meanwhile, Rick Perry is scheduled to be raising money in St. Pete Beach on Oct. 26, at a morning, $1,000-per person fundraiser hosted by Tony Buzbee, Jose Cuevas, Dr. A.K. Desai and Keith Overton. It will be at the Tradewinds Island Resort, where Overton is president. Buzbee is a Houston lawyer who has filed numerous lawsuits against BP over the oil spill, and Cuevas is a Texas restaurateur whom Perry appointed to head the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission. Desai, a St. Petersburg doctor and insurance executive, is Perry's most prominent Florida bundler.

Scott: Math not anthropology

Spending money on science and math degrees can help Floridians find work and provide a return on taxpayers' investments, Gov. Rick Scott said Monday in an interview on The Marc Bernier Show on WNDB-AM in Daytona Beach.

Scott said Florida doesn't need "a lot more anthropologists in this state."

"It's a great degree if people want to get it. But we don't need them here," Scott said.

"I want to spend our money getting people science, technology, engineering and math degrees. That's what our kids need to focus all of their time and attention on: Those type of degrees that when they get out of school, they can get a job."

Predictably, anthropologists were not amused by Scott's comments.

"Perhaps you are unaware that anthropologists are leaders in our nation's top science fields, making groundbreaking discoveries in areas as varied as public health, human genetics, legal history, bilingualism, the African American heritage and infant learning," Virginia R. Dominguez and William E. Davis of the American Anthropological Association wrote in a letter to Scott.

Lt. Gov. Carroll visiting Europe

Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll is in London with Space Florida officials meeting with Cella Energy, British Consul General Kevin McGurgan and members of Parliament. Carroll is in London through Wednesday. She is in Spain on Thursday and Friday.

GOP Florida debate is Jan. 26

The Republican Party of Florida/CNN debate will be Jan. 26 in Jacksonville.

"So far, there have been debates in Tampa and Orlando. With the national convention also being held in Tampa next year, the RPOF is committed to a venue in Northeast Florida, another region crucial for Republican victory statewide," a news release stated.

Florida's presidential primary is Jan. 31.

Times staff writers Michael C. Bender and Katie Sanders contributed to this report.

C.W. Bill Young faces challenge from Libertarian 10/12/11 [Last modified: Wednesday, October 12, 2011 8:50am]

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