A host of dignitaries from Washington, D.C., 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.
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 family's request.
Widow of Congressman Bill Young
Crist could not be reached for comment late Monday night.
Young sent similar emails to Democrats Charlie Justice and Jessica Ehrlich, who ran against her husband.