TAMPA (CBS Tampa/AP) — The widow of Rep. C.W. Bill Young has reportedly told former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist not to attend her husband’s memorial service.
According to the Tampa Bay Times, Beverly Young emailed Crist informing him that he would not be welcome.
“This e-mail is to officially advise you that your presence at my husband’s memorial services will be unacceptable,” Young emailed Crist, the Tampa Bay Times reports. “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.”
Crist has not publicly responded to Young’s email.
Bill Young died last Friday at age 82, one week after announcing from his hospital bed at Walter Reed Medical Center in Maryland that he would not seek a 23rd term in Congress.
Young’s body was flown back to Florida on Monday.
On Wednesday, public visitation is scheduled from 5-8 p.m. at Bill Young Armed Forces Reserve Center in Pinellas Park.
On Thursday, the public funeral will be held at 1 p.m. at First Baptist Indian Rocks in Largo. A private burial will follow.
Young was the longest-serving Republican in Congress. He was elected to the House in 1970.
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