Congressman Bill Young insists, ‘I’m not crippled’

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In an interview with CQ-Roll Call on Thursday, eighty two-year old Congressman Bill Young insisted he was not crippled, just debilitated after hurting his hip after stepping in a hole while walking on the beach. 
This latest injury, incurred less than two years since Young, the longest serving member of Congress, injured his back is stirring earlier than ever the biannual parlor game of whether Young will seek re-election.
While Young is, as usual at this point in the election cycle, mum on his election plans, he does sound particularly reflective, reports Joshua Miller

Young, sitting in a wheelchair, said there were a number of factors that would play in his decision about re-election.
“There’s a lot of things that I analyze leading up to, you know — what do I do next with my life?” he said. “I’ve been here 42 years. And I’ve had a good run. Most everything that I’ve touched has worked.”
Young serves as chairman of the powerful Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, and he still seems passionate about his top cause.
“Most of my life has mainly been national defense,” he said. “That’s why I wanted to come to Congress, to make sure that we provided for national defense. So that’s what I’ve done for 42 years.”
“Plus, a lot of other things,” he added.

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