Democrats try to dent Young; could Crist be in the wings?by John Kennedy | April 19th, 2011
The Democratic Campaign Congressional Committee began airing radio ads Tuesday targeting Republican U.S. Rep. Bill Young and others in senior-heavy districts nationwide for supporting a budget proposal that could reduce Medicare spending.
Young, 80, is the longest serving Republican in Congress and represents Pinellas County. That’s also home to politician-in-waiting, former Gov. Charlie Crist, an ex-Republican turned independent — oft-rumored to be considering becoming a Democrat.
But in Tallahassee this week for the unveiling of his gubernatorial portrait, Crist downplayed such talk.
“I’ve heard a lot of that speculation,” Crist said of the party-switch scenario. But I’m paying all my attention to (wife) Carole and the rest of my family. And working hard for the people at (Orlando-based trial lawyer firm) Morgan & Morgan. I’m enjoying being an independent, it’s a great place to be.”
Crist also seemed to distance himself from running against Young, or looking to succeed him should the veteran congressman choose to retire. Asked if he might be on the 2012 ballot, Crist replied, “I doubt it.”