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Florida Congressman Confronts Angry Protester

Rep. Bill Young allegedly grabbed a protester's arm while wielding his walking cane, according to local media. An attorney says that Young is considering legal action against the protester.

The Florida Consumer Action Network has targeted local Republican Congressman C.W. Bill Young for months over military spending and taxes for the top two percent. 

Monday, FCAN organized a large protest at Young's Office in Seminole, Florida, to "get a commitment from him to extend the middle class tax cuts, make the richest 2% pay their fair share, and protect Medicare, Medicaid, education and other vital services from cuts," a news release said. 

Instead of a commitment, they got a confrontation. 

According to Creative Loafing, the Congressman from Florida grabbed the arm of a protester who was yelling at him. The elderly Congressman allegedly wielded his walking cane in the air. 

"As the office closed, Young arrived, flanked by St. Pete College police officers as well as staff members, including Glenn. One particularly persistent activist loudly asked Young about his stances, getting into close proximity of the 81-year-old congressman. It did not end well. Young grabbed the activist by the arm and raised his cane, largely looking like he was attempting to strike the protester until both were separated by the police officers present."

Attorney David Jolly told Saint Petersblog that the Congressman is now considering legal action. 

"As for the accuser who’s pushing this story, this is a young man with a history of violating the law who has been physically following the Congressman for months. In the coming days counsel will be reviewing whether his activities rise to the level of stalking, assault, or tortuous harassment of any kind.”

Earlier Monday, Young was in St. Pete at the Bay Pines VA Medical Center at a ceremony for friend Ray Smith, whose son Sean Smith was killed in the Benghazi attacks on Sept. 11. 

Young helped arrange a flag flyover at the United States Capitol and presented it to Smith on Monday. 

Marti Dietz December 11, 2012 at 07:42 PM
I think you are a great Congressman. Good for you.
RugglesJames December 12, 2012 at 06:35 PM
This is the new order - screaming at a United States Congressman on the sidewalk, union protestors in Michigan tearing down opposition admin tents (with people inside), union protestors screaming at and punching those who have a different point of view, all toward taxing 2% of the population, as though that will solve the fiscal problems caused, mainly, by too many, so-called, entitlement benefits. I am over 65 years old, I was in the Social Security Office last Thursday, 80% of those applying for a benefit were well below retirement age. Social Security is broke because of how the benfits have been extended. One person (in his 30's) was getting a voucher to take to a furniture store for a sofa. Somebody needs to protest the protestors.

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