By JAVIER MANJARRES
Former Republican-turned-Independent-turned-Democrat, Charlie Crist, has quite possibly received the biggest, most embarrassing public smack downs in recent memory.
The widow of recently deceased Republican Congressman Bill Young, Beverly Young, sent Crist an email “officially” advising him that his presence at her husband’s memorial services would be “unacceptable.”
Young stated that he did not want the political opportunist to try to exploit the memorial services for his own political agenda.
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 families request.
Widow of Congressman Bill Young
Why did Beverly Young feel compelled to send Crist the email? The Tampa Bay Times cited that the reason for the email could possibly stem from a 2009 political move by Charlie Crist that involved her late husband.
Precisely what caused the bad blood was not immediately clear Monday night, though some Young allies were turned off with the way Crist in 2009 held a cattle call of sorts, summoning Young and other potential candidates for Crist to appoint to the unfinished term of U.S. Sen. Mel Martinez. Young showed up looking in sneakers and baggy polo, as if Crist had interrupted his lawn mowing, and told a surprised Gov. Crist he had no interest in the appointment.
Mrs. Young said she also emailed Pinellas County Commissioner Charlie Justice and St. Petersburg lawyer Jessica Ehrlich – both Democrats who ran against her husband – telling them they were unwelcome at the memorial service.- TB Times
Mrs. Young later stated that her husband specifically gave her name, which included Charlie Crist, of people he did “wished wouldn’t show up.”
“BILL SPECIFICALLY said he didn’t want his memorial service to be a platform for local politicians to work the crowds. He’s right. It’s not only wrong , its disgusting to see that happen,” she said. “HE GAVE me the names of the people he wished wouldn’t show up, that was just three and we both know i dont care about poltical correctness so i took it upon myself to honor his wishes.I’ve been at many political funerals and listened to locals standing in groups planning their strategies. God gave people souls, but some don’t know to take advantage of that God given gift.”-Beverly Young
Really big ouch!
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