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Charlie Justice blasts Bill Young for hiring son's girlfriend



In 2007, U.S. Rep. C.W. Bill Young gave his son's girlfriend a job as an aide in his Seminole office.

It raised few eyebrows then. But now Democrat Charlie Justice is seizing on the hiring to again question the ethics of the entrenched congressman he faces in the Nov. 2 general election.

The aide, case assistant Ashley Young, is now an official member of the Young family.

She married Billy Young on Oct. 4, 2008. Federal law bars U.S. officials from employing immediate family, but Congress members can continue to employ people if they marry into the family after being hired.

Ashley Young, who earned $41,000 last year, was hired in July 2007.

"This is Bill Young's decision whether he wants to follow the spirit of the law or continue to spend taxpayers' money on family — which is what he does," said Justice, a state senator from St. Petersburg.

Not surprisingly, the congressman has a different view. Read more here.

David DeCamp, Times staff writer


[Last modified: Thursday, September 16, 2010 3:40pm]


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