Bill Young Endorses Anti-Immigrant Candidate for President
Rep. Bill Young endorsed his fellow coastal Republican, Rep. Duncan Hunter (D-CA) for President. Hunter is considered a fringe candidate who is best known for talking how he helped build a fence between Mexico and his San Diego district.
While other prominent, Florida Republicans have endorsed mainstream candidates like Gov. Mitt Romney (seemingly favored by Jeb Bush and officially endorsed by St. Pete mayor Rick Baker), Sen. John McCain (seemingly favored by Crist), and Mayor Rudy Giuliani, Young is alone in endorsing one of the second tier candidates. Rep. Hunter and his fellow presidential contender, Rep. Tom Tancredo (R-CO), have been complicating GOP efforts to reach out the latino voters.
Hunter is likely to be succeeded in Congress by his son, much as has been rumored about Young.
Endorsing a far right conservative like Hunter could be another complication for the embattled Young as he campaigns to hold his essentially moderate district.
Recent legislation which would make it easier for sitting members of the legislature to run against members of Congress (originally conceived as a loophole to allow Crist to run for vice-president) means that Young will likely face his stiffest challenge yet, with Rep. Kriseman and Heller and Sen. Justice as favored candidates among current legislators.