Liberal activists to protest against Bill Young this Saturday

Organizers for the protest have sent out a press release and created a Facebook page, where they write "Whether it was voting against withdrawing from Afghanistan or voting to defund Planned Parenthood, Bill Young has been on the wrong side of far too many important issues. We the People of Pinellas, will hold a press conference to address our differences with our representative in the US Congress, to hold him accountable to the people he serves."

For years, some local pundits have made themselves look foolish (present company included) by declaring that Young was done serving in Washington. After the 2008 election those rumors appeared to have gained currency, but again were ultimately proven to be inaccurate, as Young did in fact run and prospered against his Democratic opponent, former state Senator Charlie Justice, who was considered to have been his strongest competition in years.

But Young defeated him easily, part of the GOP 2010 tsunami that swept House Republicans back into power.

No major Democrats are expected to challenge Young in 2012 - but if Young were to finally call it quits, that could set off a flurry activity amongst some local lawmakers, of both parties. Earlier this summer Pinellas County Commissioner Ken Welch acknowledged meeting with a member of the DCCC, but said he would only run if Young wasn't.

The demonstration is planned across the Street from the Marriott St. Petersburg-Clearwater, that's located at 12600 Roosevelt Boulevard in St. Pete, and where in addition to Young's presence, Rick Perry's better half, Anita Perry will be speaking, as well as Florida House Republican John Legg.

The protest is scheduled to begin at 5:00 p.m.

  • Congressman Bill Young

Despite the fact that people say they dislike career politicians, in many cases they keep on re-electing them.

That would be the case in Pinellas County over the past four decades, as it has become a ritual for voters to mark off the name of one C.W. Bill Young every two years at the ballot box in November. The 80-year old Republican has represented Florida's 10th Congressional District since 1970. The Congressman has yet to announce if he'll run-for re-election in 2012, but then again, he has never declared this early in the election cycle his plans for the next year.

Despite his bipartisan support at the polls locally, he is a solid Republican supporting his party's agenda. Given that Pinellas' demographics have changed considerably since 1970, it's not surprising that there's a sizable group of voters who oppose that agenda.

Some of those folks will gather this Saturday to demonstrate against Young in St. Petersburg, before the Pinellas County Republican Party holds its annual Lincoln Day Dinner.

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