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Stunning revelation: Bill Young had another family but kept them in the shadows

In a riveting expose in the Tampa Bay Times, the first family of the late Congressman Bill Young talks about how he abandoned them and his first wife to marry a woman younger than his children, raised a second family with virtually no contact with them, and how his death freed them to tell the story.

Some excerpts:

Beverly Young, now 58, said of the first wife, Marian, (who at age 81 lost her $2,000 monthly alimony after Young's death):

" … It's sad, that after thirty years (Marian Young) still can't accept the fact that he never loved her. … She attempted to make him stay in a loveless marriage by having her children, but once they were out of his home and grown adults he wanted to experience real love, life and happiness. And that's what we did. We did it when, where and how we wanted to."

The congressman not only had hid parts of his family life, but kept from the public some of his health problems.

"After his death on Oct. 18, Young's family in a statement attributed the cause to "complications related to a chronic injury."

But there was more to the story, which would become clear three weeks later. In a Nov. 8 interview, Beverly Young told the Times that a broken hip and fractured pelvis, sustained in a fall in their rented Arlington, Va., home — not just the back pain he had struggled with for decades — had landed him in Walter Reed in the first place.

Doctors could not perform hip surgery because of brittle bones caused by yet another condition Mrs. Young was just now disclosing — multiple myeloma, a blood cancer that forms in bone marrow, diagnosed five years earlier."

Beverly Young's made sure his first family was invisible at his funeral:

"Asked whether any photos of Young's first family were included in the photo montage at his funeral, Mrs. Young replied: "Hell, no. Why would I do that? Why should they be? They played no part in his life whatsoever. Consider that courtesy of me."


Read more here: http://miamiherald.typepad.com/gaysouthflorida/2014/01/conservative-us-rep-bill-young-r-fl-left-his-first-wife-and-family-after-former-secretary-had-his-child.html#storylink=cpy


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ed jenkins

Again with the stories of politicians from distant places after the readers had requested that stories irrelevant to them not be printed. This hometown paper needs to produce stories that the readers are interested in or subscriber losses will continue.


Agree, Ed Jenkins.


A couple counties north is a distant place? It's f'ing Florida. This guy was a politician that represented Florida in various positions since 1960. Yeah, get over yourself and learn some Florida history. Now, if you're really going to protest the story, protest it for covering too much personal details.

Now, that said, Bill Young was a strong voice for Florida - unfortunately it sounds like he had his demons and might have been a bit of a hypocrite when it came to family values. That said, his second wife comes off as a complete b-word.


I totally agree with you.


I bet Ed and Elizabeth are Republicans. Rep. Young did some good things for our state, our men and women in the service, and for veterans, but he was part of the "No" machine that has screwed up our country so very badly. At some point, we will all come to realize that this whole "family values" thing is a sham, and the politicians who wrap themselves up in their "values" are really the worst of the lot.

michael jackson

It is sad the comments concerning Rep Young life are beginning to surface.My prayer is that before he left this earth he confessed Christ as his Lord and Savior and received God's Love and forgiveness.It appears his first wife is in good standing as she tried to keep her family together. God will take care of her.

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