Campaign 2010

Oct 09, 2013

DCCC Chairman Steve Israel Statement on Congressman Young’s Retirement in FL-13

DCCC Chairman Steve Israel released the following statement after Congressman Bill Young announced his retirement in Florida’s 13th district. In the days leading up to his announcement, Young said of the Tea Party that “they’re pretty much in charge right now.”

“The departure of the most senior House Republican should serve as a wake-up call to Speaker Boehner and House Republicans: if they continue to cave to the Tea Party’s radical demands and threaten the country’s financial stability, they will see even their own Members jump off their sinking ship.

“In 2014, the voters in Florida’s 13th district will have the chance to elect a problem-solving Democrat in this competitive district that twice elected President Obama.”

Background on FL-13

  • President Obama won a majority of the vote across the district in 2008 (51.9% of the vote) and again in 2012 (50.7%).  
  • In 2010, in a challenging election cycle for Democrats, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Alex Sink received 51.1% of the vote in FL-13 despite losing statewide to Rick Scott.
  • In 2006, Democratic Senator Bill Nelson won the district with 63.7% of vote, compared to the  61.3% he received statewide.