Beverly Young, widow of the late Rep. C.W. Bill Young, is upset with David Jolly for not retaining her husband's legislative staff.
"When David Jolly met with Bill a couple days before he died, they discussed David's run for Bill's seat. Bill told David he assumed he would win. He told David he would be smart to keep his staff, at least half of them so the transition would be smooth but also because they are part of the reason he had his job for 50 years. David told him he would keep them at least for a month except for maybe two," Mrs. Young wrote in a long email to friends and reporters.
"... Bill had around 12 staffers that tried texting, calling, emailing and calling David Jolly to ask if he was going to keep them and if they could send their resumes. He returned no calls."
She echoed the comments in an interview with WFLA News Channel 8, saying she won't support Rep. Jolly because "he's made a mockery out of my husband's life and his legacy."
Jolly spokesman Preston Rudie said, "Congressman Jolly has great respect for Mrs. Young and considers her a friend. Congressman Jolly has assembled a team that he believes can best serve the people of Pinellas County and that can continue the level of constituent service that Mr. Young was so rightfully known for."