DCCC Steve Israel: ‘Bill Young’s retirement should serve as wake-up call to Boehner, House GOP

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DCCC Chairman Steve Israel released the following statement after Congressman Bill Young announced his retirement from Congress. 

“The departure of the most senior House Republican should serve as a wake-up call to Speaker Boehner and House Republicans: if they continue to cave to the Tea Party’s radical demands and threaten the country’s financial stability, they will see even their own Members jump off their sinking ship,” said Israel. “In 2014, the voters in Florida’s 13th district will have the chance to elect a problem-solving Democrat in this competitive district that twice elected President Obama.”

In the days leading up to his retirement, Young said of the Tea Party that “they’re pretty much in charge right now.” 

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