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Fl Congressman Bill Young's widow says she won't support Jolly

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PINELLAS COUNTY, FL (WFLA) -  The widow of Congressman C.W. Bill Young says she no longer supports the man who campaigned as a “Bill Young Republican” and was elected to her husband’s seat in the House of Representatives.

“No, I won’t support him,” Beverly Young said in an interview with News Channel 8.

It’s quite a switch for Young, who appeared in a Jolly commercial and with him at the rally to announce his candidacy for Congress. 

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But Young is disappointed and upset that Jolly did not hire more of her husband’s staff to carry on what they started under the 22-term congressman, who died in October.

Jolly’s communications director Preston Rudie emailed a statement to News Channel 8:

“Congressman Jolly has great respect for Mrs. Young and considers her a friend.  Congressman Jolly has assembled a team that he believes can best serve the people of Pinellas County and that can continue the level of constituent service that Mr. Young was so rightfully known for.  Congressman Jolly did not make any staffing decisions nor speak with staff candidates prior to his election on March 11.”  

Young says Jolly lost her support because “he made promises to my husband that he was going to continue to carry on his legacy, and the first thing he did was dumped the people who made his legacy what it is,” she said.

In a two-hour interview, Young described the breakdown of her relationship with Jolly, who she said stayed in the hospital with her while her before her husband died and even helped her pick out his casket. Now, Young says she won’t support or vote for him as he faces a re-election campaign for the fall.

“He’s made a mockery out of my husband’s life and his legacy,” Young said.

Beverly Young said her husband discussed the issue of his staff with Jolly – even describing the conversation as happening on Young’s deathbed - and that Jolly promised to keep them on for about a month during the transition.

The day before the special election between Jolly and Democrat Alex Sink was the last day of work for Young staffers, then it would be up to the new member of Congress whether to bring them into the new administration.

Several former staffers interviewed by News Channel 8 say they would have liked to stay on to work in now-Congressman Jolly’s office and expected a call, but did not get one.

“I went to work every day and I did good work and I just don't understand why he didn't give me the opportunity for even an interview or phone call,” Kathleen Corapi said through tears at her home.

Corapi worked in Young’s district office for five and a half years as a constituent service coordinator.

Beverly Young also revealed in the interview that although she is registered as a Republican, she does not consider herself one.

“I think I consider myself more of an independent,” she said.

Young said she registered as a Republican so she could vote for her husband in primary races (Florida is a closed primary state, only allowing registered members of each party to vote in primary contests) but now plans to change her registration –though she is not sure to what.

Asked whether she would consider running for her husband’s former seat, Young said she thought about it at one time, but didn’t want to go through the process of raising money and “I wanted to ask some media to run me without raising a penny to show that I wanted to do it for the right reason, but we know how that goes.”

Pressed on whether her answer was truly a “no” or a “maybe,” Young said, “I wish I could,” she said. “I wish I could to do the right thing but doing the right thing up there is not that easy.”

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