Sunday, May 13, 2007

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.


At 5/14/2007 11:01:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can take Kriseman and Heller out of the mix...unless they resign from office or don't seek re-election to the House. The new legislation only helps those who have 4 year seats since it doesn't allow a candidate to run for 2 seats at once, which will affect FL House members.

At 5/14/2007 01:03:00 PM, Blogger Campaign Manager said...

That's true - but this does allow them to raise federal canpaign contributions during the legislative sessions - something they could not do before and which might affect their decision to run.


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