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Beverly Young surprised by husband's announcement and says she may consider running for his seat



The Times' Craig Pittman caught up with Beverly Young this evening. Read the full story, but here's an excerpt:

Not even U.S. Rep. C.W. Bill Young’s wife Beverly expected his announcement Wednesday that he is retiring from politics after a career that’s lasted almost as long as she has been alive.
“It surprised the s--- out of me,” she said. 
She said she knew her husband had been having a tough time coping with painful back ailments that over the years have cut his 6-foot-2 frame down to 5-foot-8. Still, when she walked into his hospital room Wednesday morning and he told her his decision, she said, “it floored me. I cried. I cried hard.”
In 2005, Beverly Young said she would run for her husband’s seat if she didn’t like any of the other candidates who stepped up to seek his office when he retired.
So would she run next year?
On Wednesday evening, she said if the only Democratic candidate remains St. Petersburg lawyer Jessica Ehrlich, “I may consider running for his seat. She doesn’t know what she’s doing.”


[Last modified: Wednesday, October 9, 2013 10:17pm]


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