Democrats believe Bill Young is vulnerable in 2014 because of sequestration

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Democrats are already eyeing at least 10 Republican-held seats with strong military connections to target in 2014, after sequester cuts have trickled down to local bases where jobs are lost and voters notice.

… The Congressional Budget Office said Tuesday that sequestration could cost 1 million jobs and send the country into another recession. … Say sequestration kicks in on March 1: then lawmakers are suddenly … reacting to very real reductions in government services the public relies on, as well as a rippling of layoffs in the private sector. … The DCCC is circulating a list of Republican members who represent districts where defense and domestic cuts could cause lasting damage and help turn the seats from red to blue, or at least force the GOP to spend money it didn’t plan on spending.

A top target is … Rep. Bill Young, a 22-term Floridian who chairs the Appropriations subcommittee in charge of the Pentagon’s purse strings. They also are eyeing members with military bases or defense contractors in their backyards, including Steve Southerland.

Even if the targeted GOP members work to stop the cuts, … Democrats say the Republicans’ electoral prospects could still be dragged down if enough conservatives win on forcing sequestration to happen anyway. … Democrats also said sequestration would pose problems for Republicans if it started March 1 but got retroactively fixed through legislation – a strategy some in the GOP say may be their best option – because of the uncertainty in front of defense contractors.

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