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NRCC Apologizes for Polling Rep. Young's District on Eve of Funeral

Thursday, 24 Oct 2013 05:58 PM

By Cathy Burke

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The National Republican Congressional Committee apologized Thursday for polling in Republican Rep. C.W. "Bill" Young’s Florida district the night before the long-serving politician’s funeral, The Hill reported.

The committee said a small number of unscheduled calls were inadvertently made in the district, explaining the mix-up occurred while a number of polls were being conducted around the country Wednesday night.

“We had several polls across the country in the field last night,” spokeswoman Katie Prill said in an email to The Hill. “A few unscheduled calls were inadvertently made in this district. We truly apologize for this unfortunate mistake.”

The poll asked about a potential match-up for the seat between Democrat and former Florida gubernatorial candidate Alex Sink and Republicans Rick Baker, who is former mayor of St. Petersburg,  Clearwater Mayor Frank Hibbard, Pinellas County Commissioner Karen Seel, and Young's son, Bill Young Jr., SaintPetersBlog reported Wednesday.

The late congressman’s son, widow,  and 79-year-old brother are considering runs for the seat.

Young, the longest serving GOP member of the House, died Friday at age of 82.

On Oct. 9, Young, who represented a district in the Tampa Bay area, announced from his hospital bed that he would not seek another term in 2014, The New York Times reported.

The House canceled its scheduled session Thursday so members could attend the funeral, and Speaker John Boehner,  R-Ohio, arranged for a military transport to shuttle members to and from the service.

Democrats have unsuccessfully targeted the district before and had the seat on a list of possible pickups in 2014 before Young's death, The Hill reported.

Republican former state Rep. Larry Crow and consultant Nick Zoller have already entered the race, The Hill reported.

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