Rep. C.W. Bill Young (R-FL) was honored in a special tribute Saturday night at the annual fundraiser for the Republican Party of Pinellas County. There had been rumors circulating recently that he might retire and not seek reelection after 40 years in office, but that ended Saturday night when he announced that he would indeed be running again. One of the reasons he gave was because of his wife:
“Beverly told me that if I didn’t run, she was going to,” Young said. So he thought, “maybe I better stay on the job.”
Ouch? Not sure what exactly that means…….
Young told the crowd of about 500 that he wasn’t trying to be coy about his decision whether to run for re-election. He simply doesn’t believe in long campaigns or even in raising campaign money during non-election years.
What a guy. He went on to brag to the crowd about his record, specifically defending the designation of the Republican Party as the “Party of No” and he vowed to continue the fight against “radical left” ideas:
After confirming his plans to run again, Young alluded to the fact that Republicans have been derided as “the party of no.” He said he would continue to fight “radical left” ideas.
“I voted against the bailout, and I’m going to do it again,” he said to applause.
“I voted against the stimulus, and I’m going to do it again,” he added.
“I voted against the government takeover of our health programs, and I’m going to do it again.”
Oh no! Those crazy radical ideas again! Jobs! Health care! Stimulus money! When will the horrors end? Why must this poor man continue to fight the good fight! It’s been 40 years! If only he didn’t have to take a stand against these radical policies! There is just NO REST for the weary. What sacrifice! Why, he voted against the stimulus not once, but twice!
Unfortunately he left something out. Perhaps his speech writer has also been on the job too long at 40 plus years, because Young actually DOES like at least one of those “radical left” ideas. You see, he’s another in a long list of GOP stimulus hypocrites who say no to the stimulus in public, vote against it on the record, and then scramble to reap the benefits when it suits them. Young isn’t even shy about it. He has a virtual guide for opportunities to take advantage of federal stimulus money right on his website:
Beneath all those “Stimulus Funding” links it says the following:
The above websites detail opportunities for businesses to take advantage of federal stimulus money made available by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. The President’s, the State’s, and the City’s websites primarily serve as portals to help direct users to specific opportunities.
He’s a radical! Who knew?
As for the “radical” health care legislation, why there’s a statement about the complexity of it all, and more links for information on that as well. There’s also lots of information on his support for biomedical research, and bone marrow donor programs. Not exactly anti-health care issues there either, C.W.
Maybe after 40 years on the job it’s hard to keep track?