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As Bill Young comes to Tiger Bay, I want to ask him: Why are you such a tease?

in Peter/The Bay and the 'Burg by
After a long absence, the Honorable C.W. Bill Young ventures back into the Tigers’ den.

The 20-term Congressman has a rich array of current issues he may choose to address –economic recovery and the stimulus, the health-care debate, energy policy and offshore drilling. Rep. Young is an influential and knowledgeable master of the Appropriations game.

How does he balance fiscal conservatism with bringing home a prodigious share of earmarks to his district and Florida universities? Another of Rep. Young’s specialties is veterans’ affairs. He and his wife, Beverly, were flagging lapses in care at Walter Reed hospital before the Washington Post expose. How is our own Bay Pines performing? Finally, Tigers may wish to ask the Congressman as he approaches the big eight-o in 2010, is he thinking of calling it a career or is he just not the retiring type?

What I’d like to ask Congressman Young is does he enjoy being such a big tease? “I go home almost every weekend and people I see at church, at the grocery store, at the gas station … hardly ever do I not visit with someone who says, ‘Please run again. We need you to run again.’ Then of course, the (Republican) party.”

“It makes you feel good that the people you represented for so long want you to stay on the job,” Young said.

C”mon Bill, just say whether or not you’re running and be done with it.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including,,, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.

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