Make us your home page

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Beverly Young rips Rep. David Jolly for letting her husband's staff go

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."

Beverly Young rips Rep. David Jolly for letting her husband's staff go 04/23/14 [Last modified: Wednesday, April 23, 2014 8:12pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Two Kissimmee police officers shot to death


    KISSIMMEE — Two police officers were shot dead in Kissimmee Friday night, Orange County mayor Teresa Jacobs said.

    Two police officers have been shot and killed in Kissimmee, authorities say. The shooting happened in the area of Palmway and Cypress around 9:30 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 18, 2017. Photo courtesy of
  2. Longest home run at Trop and Erasmo Ramirez's pitching doom Rays (w/video)

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — Kevin Kiermaier returned. The problem was, so did Erasmo Ramirez.

    Seattle Mariners first baseman Yonder Alonso (10) scores on the double by Seattle Mariners designated hitter Nelson Cruz (23) in the first inning of the game between the Seattle Mariners and the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. on Friday, August 18, 2017.
  3. 'Road to Nowhere' is back: Next phase of Suncoast Parkway coming


    Despite intense public opposition and dubious traffic projections, the Florida Department of Transportation has announced that construction of the toll road known as "Suncoast 2" is expected to start in early 2018.

    The Suncoast Parkway ends at U.S. 98 just south of Citrus County. For years residents have opposed extending the toll road, a project dubbed the "Suncoast 2" into Citrus County. But state officials recently announced that the Suncoast 2 should start construction in early 2018. [Stephen J. Coddington  |  TIMES]
  4. Jameis Winston's hardest lesson: He can't always save the day


    TAMPA — Ever wonder what in the world goes through Jameis Winston's mind when he tries to fit the ball in a keyhole as he is being dragged to the turf like he was during Thursday night's 12-8 preseason win over the Jaguars?

    Jameis Winston, left, tries to hang on to the ball as Jaguars defensive end Dante Fowler tries to strip it from him.
  5. Despite pain, woman in court faces ex-boyfriend who lit her on fire



    Sheron Pasco sat in the wheelchair as her mother pushed it toward the man in the orange jail suit.

    Sheron Pasco, 39, relies on the help of her mother, Tranda Webb, 62, as she recovers from the burns covering her body.