Bill Young to constituent asking about minimum wage increase: Get a job listen07/06/12 SeÃ¡n Kinane
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Most of Pinellas County has been represented in Congress by C.W. "Bill" Young for 41 years. The longest serving Republican in the House of Representatives is a prominent member of the Appropriations committee. On Wednesday at the American Legion in Treasure Island the Florida Consumer Action Network organized an action to challenge Representative Young about his support of policies that benefit the richest Americans.
One person, Pepe Kovanis asked Young whether he would support a bill to raise the minimum wage to $10 per hour. In his response, captured on video, Bill Young told Kovanis to â€œget a job.â€
Young is running for re-election this fall. According to Floridaâ€™s Division of Elections website, he has two Republican challengers in the primary. One Democrat who hopes to challenge Young in Novemberâ€™s general election is Jessica Ehrlich. Today Ehrlich released a fundraising email mocking Youngâ€™s â€œget a jobâ€ statement. She wrote, â€œWell, actually Congressman, after 52 plus years of government service I think it's time you get a new job. Itâ€™s clear he lost touch with the everyday struggles of the middle class a long time ago.â€
The YouTube video has received more than 28,000 hits by Friday: