Local officials expect up to 6,000 people to attend the funeral services for Congressman C. W. “Bill” Young, but don’t expect his former Democratic opponent, Jessica Ehrlich, to be one of the them. She’s been told by the Congressman’s widow, Beverly Young, to stay away or risk being physically removed.
In an email shared with me by Mrs. Young, she advises Ehrlich, who ran against Rep. Young in 2012, that she is not “welcome at any of my husband’s memorial services.”
Mrs. Young does not mince words about why Ehrlich is not welcomed: “People like you are the exact people that makes this world a scary place to live in,” Young writes. “You should be ashamed of the games you attempted to play so you could secure a job. “
In an earlier email, Mrs. Young asked me to inform Ehrlich (among others) “that if they have the audacity to show up at my husbands memorial services, I will be more than honored to have them physically removed.”
Other local politicians. including Charlie Crist, Charlie Justice and Karen Seel, were also warned to stay away, but I did not receive those direct emails.
According to a news release, there will be a public visitation from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Bill Young Armed Forces Reserve Center in Pinellas Park and a funeral service at 1 p.m. on Thursday.