(USA TODAY) -- Rep. C.W. Bill Young's widow has a message for former Floridagovernor Charlie Crist: Stay away from her husband's memorial service.

Thoughthere will be lots of dignitaries attending the Florida Republican'sfuneral Thursday, Crist - a Republican turned independent turnedDemocrat - is definitely not welcome, Beverly Young told the ex-governorin an e-mail.

"This e-mail is to officially advise you that yourpresence at my husband's memorial services will be unacceptable," Youngwrote in an e-mail, reported by the Tampa Bay Times."I have watched over the years, as Bill had, your transparent attemptsto manipulate the political arena. I don't want my husband's memorialservice to be another opportunity for that, and I will not tolerateanyone turning this into a platform for political gain."

No word on what Crist, who is considering a race for governor next year, will do.

Bill Young,the longest-serving House Republican and a champion of the Pentagon,died Friday. The House won't be in session Thursday, so lawmakers willbe able to attend the services at First Baptist Church in Indian Rocks,Florida.

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The Tampa Bay Times said Beverly Young sent similare-mails to two of her husband's previous challengers, Democrats CharlieJustice and lawyer Jessica Ehrlich. Bill Young defeated Ehrlich, 58% to42%, last year for his 22nd term in Congress.

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