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U.S. Rep. C.W. Bill Young's presence fading in D.C. office

The spectacular view from the late Rep. C.W. Bill Young's office in the Rayburn House Office Building.

ALEX LEARY | Times

The spectacular view from the late Rep. C.W. Bill Young's office in the Rayburn House Office Building.

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November

WASHINGTON -- The sign outside the office reads with sterile precision: "Office of the 13th Congressional District of Florida."

The walls inside are bare, outlines of picture frames visible against paint muted by light and time.

Three weeks after U.S. Rep. C.W. Bill Young died, his presence is similarly fading in room 2407 of the Rayburn House Office Building, a warren of influence the Pinellas County Republican occupied for more than a quarter century.

"I can't go in there," Beverly Young, his widow, said in an interview Friday, alternately sad and angry as she described showing up to see the name removed from outside, the paper shredders and the big gray trash bins.

"They are really cold and callous. It was like he didn't exist," she said.

Read more, including how Rep. Young had blood cancer, here.

[Last modified: Friday, November 8, 2013 6:46pm]

    

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