In a telephone appearance on Mobile talk station FM Talk 106.5 yesterday, Orange Beach businessman Dean Young, who is challenging incumbent Rep. Bradley Byrne for Congress, got into a heated exchange with “Mobile Mornings” co-host Sean Sullivan over certain facts of his campaign.After Young accused conservative pundit and FM Talk 106.5 regular Quin Hillyer of being on the Byrne payroll and questioned Byrne’s ties to the Episcopal Church, Young was challenged by Sullivan for misleading the public with a TV advertisement accusing Byrne of voting in favor President Barack Obama’s so-called executive amnesty.
“I’ve looked through that whole ad, Dean,” Sullivan said. “I got to tell you, that’s baloney and I’m not paid by Bradley Byrne … I’m not paid by anybody except for Bigler Broadcasting here I went there and looked through the facts there. You’re putting pieces of information in a non-linear form and trying to connect them together.”
Young, whose ad is apparently referring to a September 2014 vote on funding a continuing resolution, a December 2014 vote on an omnibus spending bill to fund the government for 2015 and Byrne’s vote on the House Rules Committee to allow the 2016 omnibus spending bill to proceed to House, dismissed Sullivan’s criticisms.
“You’re saying that you’re smarter than they are and know what’s in that bill,” Young said. “You’re challenging me and I’m telling you.”
“Come on man, I’m challenging you because I looked at the ad put out on Facebook,” Sullivan replied. “This isn’t to endorse Bradley Byrne. But I don’t care. I’m a mercenary here. My job is to find out the truth and I looked through it and it was not the truth.”
Although Young’s TV spot is correct about Byrne’s rules committee, Byrne voted against that omnibus spending bill when it reached the House floor and cited spending for the Obama administration’s refugee resettlement program as the reason for his opposition.
Young doubled down on his claim and asked Sullivan who would be more trustworthy, him with his ties to Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore or Byrne with his ties to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, former House Speaker John Boehner and former House Majority Leader Eric Cantor.
“Who do you believe? Do you believe the guy that has Judge [Roy] Moore on his side or do you believe Bradley Byrne who is out there with the Chamber of Commerce and John Boehner and Eric Cantor?” Young asked. “Who do you believe?”
“John Boehner is not in Washington anymore,” Sullivan said.