Late Rep. Young's Brother, 79, Eyeing Race for Seat

Wednesday, 23 Oct 2013 09:05 PM

By Cathy Burke

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The 79-year-old brother of the late Republican Florida Rep. C.W. "Bill" Young reportedly is considering a run for his brother's seat.

Retired construction company owner Tom Young told the Tampa Bay Times Wednesday he probably understands Washington better than most because of his brother.

"I've had probably a hundred calls from people telling me I should do that," Young told the newspaper.

But Young conceded the run could get complicated.

Young's son, Bill Young II, is considering entering the race, and some local Republicans want his widow, Beverly, to run in the special election, The Hill reported.

Young's general counsel, David Jolly, also has been suggested.

"It probably would be weird," he told the Times of his nephew's possible bid. "Beverly [Young's widow] could run too."

The veteran lawmaker's death on Oct. 18 has paved the way for what is expected to be the first test in 2014 of voter reaction to the government shutdown and debt-ceiling debacle.

Democrats had the district on their list of possible pickups for 2014, but Young's death makes it more competitive.

Two Republicans, former state Rep. Larry Crow and GOP consultant Nick Zoller, have already launched bids, The Hill reported.

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