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C.W. Bill Young

A Times Editorial
Published October 16, 2006

Republican U.S. Congress District 10

In an era when Congress is tarnished by scandal, partisanship and special interests, U.S. Rep. C.W. Bill Young is a throwback. The Pinellas Republican's ethics and independence are unquestioned. He stands up to House leaders when he disagrees with them, voting last year to support expanded funding for stem cell research. He detests the obsession with fundraising and works well with members from both parties.

Although Young no longer chairs the House Appropriations Committee, he still chairs the appropriations subcommittee for defense and remains one of Florida's most influential members of Congress. He works hard to ensure that there is adequate funding to repair or replace worn out military equipment. He has a clear-eyed assessment of the war in Iraq and recognizes that there has to be a change in strategy. After 36 years in Congress, Young, 75, continues to provide excellent constituent service and brings an extraordinary amount of federal money and projects back to Tampa Bay.

Young's opponent in District 10 is Samm Simpson, a 52-year-old first-time candidate from Dunedin who hosts a television show on Pinellas' public access channel. The Democrat has a reasonable grasp of the issues and is a passionate critic of the war. But she cannot match Young's experience and accomplishments.

In U.S. House District 10, the Times recommends C.W. Bill Young.

[Last modified October 16, 2006, 02:30:38]

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