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Beverly Young: I'm running against David Jolly in '16

Democrats failed to find a candidate to challenge Republican David Jolly for the congressional seat long held by the late C.W. Bill Young, but they may have one lined up for 2016: Beverly Young, the congressman's widow who campaigned for Jolly earlier this year.

“I am absolutely going to run against David in 2016. I’d do it now if I could. If I’d known that the Democrats wouldn’t put anyone up on that ballot, I’d have been there myself this time. I thought they had a candidate. I wouldn’t have been ready. But I would have run anyway," Mrs. Young said Tuesday night in an interview. She is angry about the way Jolly fired her late husband's congressional staffers and feels he has turned one of her sons, Patrick, against her.

"This county just can’t fall to lobbyists and their deceit and manipulation. I’m not going to just sit back and have all Bill’s had work just trashed to inside the Beltway politics. Ugh.”

Jolly, a former senior adviser to Rep. Young who was viewed almost as a member of the Youngs' family, is no longer speaking to Mrs. Young after she publicly criticized him for treating her husband's former staffers poorly.

“I’m not a politician. I’m not going to put on high heels and a dress and try to convince people that I’m what they want," said Mrs. Young, who has long been a fierce - and unpolished and undiplomatic - advocate for veterans.
“I just think that the person in there now is doing a terrible job.”

She said she was broke by late last year, after her husband's expensive funeral and a delay in receiving the benefits he accrued after more than four decades in Congress.  She wrote to 10 congressmen for help, only two responded.

 “I told them I really needed that money. I was getting panicky. I told them, `I’m not okay.’ Bill had been in office for 43 years, it wasn’t like they didn’t know who I was. I called the speaker of the House four times. He never returned my calls. So I called Nancy Pelosi and told her, `I’m in trouble.’ By the end of the day, she had all the agencies calling me. She’s the only one that made that happen.”

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 27, 2014 10:33pm]


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