From the Buzz: Winner of the week: U.S. Rep. C.W. Bill Young, R-Indian Shores. While Charlie Crist traveled to every TV major market inviting venerable public servants/would-be U.S. Senate appointees to fawn before the cameras, the 40-year congressman showed off a mischievous confidence. Rather than just tell Crist’s staff no thanks over the phone, Young showed up to Crist’s interview in Pinellas dressed like he was was in the midst of mowing the lawn and told the surprised governor he had no interest in the job – nor apparently Crist’s dog and pony show.
Loser of the week: State Sen. Charlie Juctice, D-St. Petersburg. Justice is running for Young’s Pinellas congressional district and the prospect of Young retiring for a U.S. Senate appointment must have had Justice’s heart pounding in anticipation. Alas, Young sounds like a man ready for a 21st term, which means Justice is back to trying to convince people he has a snowball’s chance of winning.