The widow of late Rep. C.W Bill Young (R-Fla.) vowed Tuesday to challenge Rep. David Jolly (R-Fla.), the man who succeeded her late husband in the U.S. House, in the 2016 election.
"I am absolutely going to run against David in 2016. I’d do it now if I could," Beverly Young told the Tampa Bay Times. "If I’d known that the Democrats wouldn’t put anyone up on that ballot, I’d have been there myself this time. I thought they had a candidate. I wouldn’t have been ready. But I would have run anyway."
Beverly Young endorsed Jolly, a former Young aide, in a contested special primary election that split the family. But now she doesn't have many nice things to say about him.
"This county just can’t fall to lobbyists and their deceit and manipulation. I’m not going to just sit back and have all Bill’s hard work just trashed to inside the Beltway politics. Ugh," she told the Times.
Young is expected to win another term in November in the Tampa-area swing district. Democrats recruited retired Col. Ed Jany to challenge him. But Jany dropped his bid less than two weeks after he launched it.