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VIDEO: Ehrlich Walks Out, Rep. Young No Show

Democratic Candidate for U.S. House District 13 Jessica Ehrlich spoke to voters and addressed the absence of her opponent Rep. C.W. Bill Young by walking out of a forum.

OUTSIDE ST. PETERSBURG, FL -- Pinellas County residents were left with unanswered questions when Jessica Ehrlich, the Democratic opponent for U.S. House District 13, walked off stage at the Gulfport Casino Ballroom Thursday night.

Rep. C.W. Bill Young was absent from the Meet the Candidates Forum, but did have a representative. His son, Billy Young, stood in his place. The Gulfport Democratic Club and St. Petersburg Republican Club allowed all candidates and representatives to speak at this year's debate; a first for forum organizers in Gulfport.

Billy Young stated his father could not make it due to scheduled events in Washington D.C., including a briefing with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Young also provided printed flyers of the representatives's schedule to audience members.

Watch our video to see Ehrlich respectfully remove herself from the forum in response to Rep. Young's absence.

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Update: 1:30 p.m. Gulfport Patch has left a message with Rep. C. W. Bill Young's campaign and will follow up if our call is returned.

Update: 2:20 p.m.: Rep. C. W. Bill Young's campaign has returned our call and may provide Gulfport Patch with a statement.

Dan Favero September 25, 2012 at 08:29 PM
Poor U.S. Rep. C.W. Bill Young. Looks like the aging process has definitely caught up to him. * “He claimed there was a break-in at his condo just a few months ago. Actually the break-in he was talking about happened in 2010. When he admitted he was wrong he said “That timeline was a little bit confusing,". * He claims there was another break-in in July this year. “However, Indian Shores police say they haven't seen signs of any break-ins at Young's condominium this year.” * He claims “..my wife and I have been stalked in Washington and here in Florida.” His only example of stalking is “he and his wife had been photographed by someone in the parking lot of a drugstore in Virginia.” Gee, he’s been in Congress since 1970 - does he really think that no one takes pictures of politicians? * Regarding his claim of stalking, he said that he and his wife got the car's license plate number and turned it over to the Capitol Hill police. However, “A Capitol Hill police spokeswoman said they had no active cases involving Young.” Some people have a problem realizing when it is time to retire. His actions above clearly show he is well past the time to retire. Either that or he is looking for the sympathy vote. The bottom line is how can anyone want this man to help decide the future of the USA. http://www.tampabay.com/news/politics/elections/us-rep-bill-young-says-hes-the-victim-of-burglaries-police-disagree/1253210
Soisay September 27, 2012 at 05:44 AM
According to the Fed Elec Comm (FEC), candidate debates must include at least 2 candidates and may not be structured to advance one candidate over the other. It may have been illegal for her to stay at a "debate", as opposed to a political "appearance" or whatever, if Big-Bucks Young wasn't there. (Pg 48) http://www.fec.gov/pdf/candgui.pdf
Dan Favero September 27, 2012 at 08:02 PM
With all due respect, the guy didn't have the decency to show up, or if he couldn't - to reschedule. There is no doubt about that. Why should she stand there to debate nothing more then a stand-in whose words would be meaningless because he wasn't running?
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