St. Petersburg, Florida -- The widow of Representative Bill Young says she's throwing her hat into the political ring and hopes to win the seat once held by her late husband.
Beverly Young says she made up her mind to run for Congress at an emotional Memorial Day ceremony held at the Bay Pines VA Hospital that last year was renamed after Rep. Young.
"The person who made me decide to do this was a vet in a wheelchair," Beverly says. "When the veteran looked at me and asked how I let that happen, it broke my heart. I feel responsible."
Beverly Young promises she would bring her husband's staff back which was reportedly let go, especially the veterans.
"It worked for my husband for 53 years. Some news has said I am upset that [David] Jolly didn't hire my husband's staff... not true," she says. "It was how he did it. These people were part of his legacy. A special ops soldier with three tours in Iraq had to apply for unemployment because he got cold-cocked by a Congressman. David thought he could go in and carry the legacy on. Either he forgot how, doesn't know how or lied, because he is not. I would just try to do what is right."
Her husband was a Republican. His successor, David Jolly, is a Republican. But Beverly Young hasn't declared a party or platform yet.
"A lot of problems in this world are straight party voters and party affiliation. What you see is what you get. No press secretary to spin my story, if I do something wrong, I'll admit it. I did something wrong: I promoted David Jolly. When this [November 2012] election is over, I will file as a candidate."
Rep. Jolly's staff released this statement: "Congressman Jolly is focused on doing his job for the people of Pinellas County. 2016 is a long way away."
And the staff added: "Congressman Jolly respectfully disagrees with Ms. Young's assessment and her comments on the issue. The congressman has proudly hired numerous staffers that worked for the late Congressman Young, and it is important to be reminded that no employment issues were discussed prior to the outcome of the election. However, other than what we have said publicly on this issue to date, we do not feel it is appropriate to discuss personnel issues in the media."