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Hoyer to campaign with Ehrlich
Posted May 22, 2012 by William March
Updated May 22, 2012 at 05:11 PM
House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer of Maryland will appear at a campaign event for Jessica Ehrlich, who’s challenging Rep. C.W. Bill Young, in St. Petersburg Wednesday.
Hoyer and Ehrlich will hold a roundtable discussion with Pinellas County seniors on Medicare and the state of the economy at 8:45 a.m. Wednesday at Ehrlich’s campaign headquarters at 2100 9th Street N, at the intersection with 21st Ave N.
The appearance by Hoyer, a member of Democratic House leadership, suggests Democrats have some hopes for Ehrlich against Young, possibly the most solidly entrenched member of the Florida congressional delegation.
“This year’s budget proposal from Congressman Bill Young and House Republicans would turn Medicare into a voucher program, effectively ending the program as we know it and causing more than three million Florida seniors to pay thousands more in out of pocket costs,” said an Ehrlich news release about the event. That refers to the budget proposal by Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan.
Young has voted for the Ryan budget, but says he opposes resolving the nation’s budget problems by cutting Social Security or Medicare.