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2148456 2037-10-22 02:32:35.0 UTC 2037-10-21T22:32:35.000-04:00 2013-10-22 02:32:35.0 UTC 2013-10-21T22:32:35.000-04:00 true beverly-young-to-charlie-crist-stay-away-from-memorial-service published 2013-10-22 02:58:42.0 UTC 2013-10-21T22:58:42.000-04:00 A host of dignitaries from Washington to Tallahassee to Tampa Bay will be on hand to honor the late U.S. Rep. C.W. Bill Young at his memorial service Thursday. But one particularly prominent politician won't be welcome at First Baptist Indian Rocks: Charlie Crist. Young's widow, Beverly Young, emailed the former Republican governor and likely future Democratic gubernatorial nominee, instructing him to stay away. Charlie: This e-mail is to officially advise you that your presence at my husband's memorial services will be unacceptable. I have watched over the years, as Bill had, your transparent attempts to manipulate the political arena. I don't want my husband's memorial service to be another opportunity for that and I will not tolerate anyone turning this into a platform for political gain. Please honor my families request. Sincerely, Beverly Young Widow of Congressman Bill Young Precisely what caused the bad blood was not immediately clear Monday night, though some Young allies were turned off with the way Crist in 2009 held a cattle call of sorts, summoning Young and other potential candidates for Crist to appoint to the unfinished term of U.S. Sen. Mel Martinez. Young showed up looking in sneakers and baggy polo, as if Crist had interrupted his lawn mowing, and told a surprised Gov. Crist he had no interest in the appointment. Mrs. Young said she also emailed Pinellas County Commissioner Charlie Justice and St. Petersburg lawyer Jessica Ehrlich - both Democrats who ran against her husband - telling them they were unwelcome at the memorial service. "BILL SPECIFICALLY said he didn't want his memorial service to be a platform for local politicians to work the crowds. He's right. It's not only wrong , its disgusting to see that happen," she said. "HE GAVE me the names of the people he wished wouldnt show up, that was just three and we both know i dont care about poltical correctness so i took it upon myself to honor his wishes.I've been at many political funerals and listened to locals standing in groups planning their strategies. God gave people souls, but some don't know to take advantage of that God given gift." Adam C. Smith the-buzz-florida-politics Beverly Young to Charlie Crist: Stay away from memorial service false templatedata/tampabaytimes/BlogArticle/data/the-buzz-florida-politics/2013/10/21/2148456-beverly-young-to-charlie-crist-stay-away-from-memorial-service BlogArticle A host of dignitaries from Washington to Tallahassee to Tampa Bay will be on hand to honor the late U.S. Rep. C.W. Bill Young at his memorial service Thursday.Adam C. Smith 380298 2038-01-18 05:00:00.0 UTC 2038-01-18T00:00:00.000-05:00 2012-10-11 20:35:02.0 UTC 2012-10-11T16:35:02.000-04:00 adam-c-smith published 2016-04-13 18:26:38.0 UTC 2016-04-13T14:26:38.000-04:00 Adam C. Smith <p>The <i>Washington Post </i>calls Political Editor Adam Smith a top political writer in Florida, and the <i>Columbia Journalism Review</i> has called him one of the top 10 political writers in America. He focuses on state and national politics, and is the creator of the award-winning Florida politics blog, The Buzz. Smith has been with the<i> Times</i> since 1992 and has covered local and state government, as well as general assignment and investigative beats. Smith grew up in New York City, graduated Kenyon College in Ohio, and when he's not chasing politicians, he tries to keep up with his wife, three kids and hound dog.</p> Times Political Editor writers DTI 33746037 The Washington Post calls Political Editor Adam Smith a top political writer in Florida, and the Columbia Journalism Review has called him one of the top 10 political writers in America. He focuses on state and national politics, and is the creator of the award-winning Florida politics blog, The Buzz. Smith has been with the Times since 1992 and has covered local and state government, as well as general assignment and investigative beats. Smith grew up in New York City, graduated Kenyon College in Ohio, and when he's not chasing politicians, he tries to keep up with his wife, three kids and hound dog. <p>Phone: (727) 893-8241</p> <p>Email: <a href="mailto:asmith@tampabay.com ">asmith@tampabay.com</a></p> <p>Blog: <a href="http://blogs.tampabay.com/buzz/">The Buzz</a></p> <p>Twitter: <a href="http://twitter.com/adamsmithtimes">@AdamSmithTimes</a></p> 1 /resources/images/dti/2012/10/Smith_Adam_wp_570x380.jpg true templatedata/tampabaytimes/AuthorProfile/data/33746037-adam-c-smith AuthorProfile 2012-10-11 20:35:02.0 UTC 2012-10-11T16:35:02.000-04:00 2269513 2016-03-16 11:07:00.0 UTC 5 Months Ago how-marco-rubio-failed-to-learn-the-lessons-from-charlie-crists-downfall the-buzz-florida-politics How Marco Rubio failed to learn the lessons from Charlie Crist's downfall BlogArticle 2260809 2016-01-11 16:46:53.0 UTC 7 Months Ago a-t-shirt-that-sparked-controversy-now-serves-as-symbol-of-free-speech the-buzz-florida-politics Once a source of controversy, Beverly Young's T-shirt now serves as a symbol of free speech BlogArticle 2262769 2016-01-26 03:11:19.0 UTC 7 Months Ago charlie-crist-raises-500k the-buzz-florida-politics Charlie Crist raises $500K BlogArticle <p>A host of dignitaries from Washington to Tallahassee to Tampa Bay will be on hand to honor the late U.S. Rep. C.W. Bill Young at his memorial service Thursday.</p> <p>But one particularly prominent politician won't be welcome at First Baptist Indian Rocks: Charlie Crist.</p> <p>Young's widow, Beverly Young, emailed the former Republican governor and likely future Democratic gubernatorial nominee, instructing him to stay away.</p> <p><i>Charlie:</i></p> <p><i>This e-mail is to officially advise you that your presence at my husband's memorial services will be unacceptable. I have watched over the years, as Bill had, your transparent attempts to manipulate the political arena. I don't want my husband's memorial service to be another opportunity for that and I will not tolerate anyone turning this into a platform for political gain.<br /> Please honor my families request.</i></p> <p><i>Sincerely,<br /> Beverly Young<br /> Widow of Congressman Bill Young</i></p> <p>Precisely what caused the bad blood was not immediately clear Monday night, though some Young allies were turned off with the way Crist in 2009 held a cattle call of sorts, summoning Young and other potential candidates for Crist to appoint to the unfinished term of U.S. Sen. Mel Martinez. Young showed up looking in sneakers and baggy polo, as if Crist had interrupted his lawn mowing, and told a surprised Gov. Crist he had no interest in the appointment.</p> <p>Mrs. Young said she also emailed Pinellas County Commissioner Charlie Justice and St. Petersburg lawyer Jessica Ehrlich - both Democrats who ran against her husband - telling them they were unwelcome at the memorial service.</p> <p>&quot;BILL SPECIFICALLY said he didn't want his memorial service to be a platform for local politicians to work the crowds. He's right. It's not only wrong , its disgusting to see that happen,&quot; she said. &quot;HE GAVE me the names of the people he wished wouldnt show up, that was just three and we both know i dont care about poltical correctness so i took it upon myself to honor his wishes.I've been at many political funerals and listened to locals standing in groups planning their strategies. God gave people souls, but some don't know to take advantage of that God given gift.&quot;</p>trueruntime2016-08-30 05:30:54