Reaction by candidate Jessica Ehrlich to news that U.S. Rep. Bill Young will retire

10/09/13 Seán Kinane
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Just three days before Republican Bill Young announced he would retire at the end of his term in Congress, Democrat Jessica Ehrlich held a press conference at his office in Seminole criticizing his handling of the government shutdown..

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Republican U.S. Representative C.W. Bill Young has decided to retire.

During his 43 years in Congress, Young has been influential on military spending.

The 82-year-old lawmaker from Pinellas County told the Tampa Bay Times that he won't seek re-election next year and will complete 22 terms in the House.

Jessica Ehrlich is running as a Democrat for the Pinellas County Congressional seat being vacated by Bill Young. Young defeated Ehrlich last November.

Young was elected in 1970 and has been a longtime member of the House Appropriations Committee where he focused on military spending. He has served as chair of the powerful panel that oversaw Pentagon budgets.

In recent years, Young has become increasingly frail and has relied on a wheelchair. Young cited his health and a desire to spend more time with his family in telling the newspaper he won't run for another term. Young spoke on the floor of the House on the first day of television coverage by C-SPAN in 1979.

In an email statement, Democratic U.S. Senator Bill Nelson said, “I thank Bill Young for all of his years of dedicated public service. He was always someone who approached solutions in a bipartisan way. He will be missed.”

Tampa-area member of Congress Kathy Castor said, “…It has been a privilege to serve alongside Congressman Young, who is one of the most honorable members of Congress ever to serve in the body.”

information from the Associated Press was used in this report

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Jessica can't compete against Alex Sink! Just drop out now, Jessica, and let Alex take the seat. Alex will do a great job in Congress and will add some much-needed integrity to the job.