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Dean Young Urged as Write-in Candidate

DAPHNE, Ala. (WPMI) He lost in the Republican runoff last month to Bradley Byrne. Former Congressional candidate Dean Young says he's not out of the running just yet. Byrne and Democrat Burton Leflore will face off in the 1st District Congressional election December 17.

Does Dean Young want to be a write in candidate? Is he going to run again next summer?

Young called Local 15's James Gordon to addresses all of this, but he says his motivation is the future of the Republican Party and the survival of the Tea Party movement.

"What we've got in the Republican Party is we have great divide. It's as deep as the grand canyon and as wide as the ocean. There's a huge difference between who is going to take over this party and what direction we are going to take as a nation," said Young.

Young said he is seriously considering running again, not as a write in candidate on December 17, but coming up next spring when, yes South Alabama Republicans will once again vote in a primary for the same office.

"You know within six months there's another election here for this seat. That's six months. So I will be making my decision as to whether or not I will run again against Bradley Byrne here in the next month or two. It's not over I can tell you that," said Young.

Seems even the international press has an interest. A Japanese reporter traveled from Washington to meet with Young. The focus of his article will center around the Tea Party its survival and its effects on American politics.

"I want to report on the influence of the Tea Party here. I feel that something is moving in here, that is why I came here," said Takashi Imai, reporter for the Yomiuri Newspaper.

Young said even Time Magazine had its eye on Alabama and the future of Tea Party movement.

"The world is watching, so it's not the death of anything. If anything it shows the strength and the character of the people of south Alabama and I believe they are going to see this all over the country," said Young.

Local 15 News reached out to both the Byrne and the Leflore campaigns. Neither seemed to be interested in responding to Young's comments Thursday.
 
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