Max Linn to Take on Bill Young
Wealthy businessman and former Reform Party candidate for Governor, Max Linn, will be taking on Bill Young.
This is has been one of St. Petersburg's worst kep secrets since last year, but it appears that his slow starting campaign will finally start cranking.
His campaign team is currently being led by Liz McCallum. McCallum, you may remember, ran for House District 52 in 2004 and 2006. In 2004, she was soundly beaten by the incumbent in the general. When term limits opened the seat up in 2006, she ran again, but when Bill Heller got in the race, what momentum she might have had quickly sputtered and Heller went on to win to handily win both the Democratic primary and the general election.
McCallum has so far resisted hiring a campaign manager, but has hired a finance director, and she seems intent on being the primary strategist for the race.
Despite Young's massive headstart in cash on hand, she is adamantly opposed to letting Linn use any of his own money to jump start the late arriving campaign and believes the necessary monies can be raised in the South Pinellas district, without resorting to using Linn's money or raising money traditional donor bases in South Florida; Washington, DC; San Francisco; Los Angeles; and New York. I, however, am not convinced.