More Bill Young Speculation
The Fix, a political blog on the Washington Post website, has put up a list of its top ten races to watch in 2008 - races that were not competitive last November, but which might be become battlegrounds in 2008. And who should appear at number on that list but our own 10th district!
But why would Bill Young, who rather easily won re-election last year, be on that list?
Because, especially now that he is part of the new Republican minority, Young is considered a likely candidate to retire. At 76, in a closely divided district (it narrowly went for Gore in 2000 and as narrowly for Bush in 2004), with his chairmanship of the House Appropriations Committee (or, indeed, any other chairmanship) nothing but a fading memory, is Young finally ready to retire? Particularly if a strong, well-funded challenger emerges? It seems that virtually everyone has predicted his retirement at some time or another over the last ten years, but never in the last thirteen years have the inducements to remain been so meagre Young.