Rep. Bill Young (and Dumb)

I sometimes do wish there was a hell, but I also think that hell could not be hot enough for some rank hypocrites out there! For example:

Bill Young’s first family emerges to tell their story

By Andrew Meacham

Times Staff Writer

One evening around Christmas in 1986, Terry Young heard a noise outside his home in Redington Beach.

He opened the door to find his father, Rep. C.W. Bill Young. The congressman had come bearing gifts for Terry, his wife and their four young children.

Terry Young said he relished the opportunity to share such a moment with his father. The two had been out of touch for more than a year after Bill Young divorced his wife of 36 years — Terry’s mother — and married his former secretary eight days later.

The son had called and left messages with his father, but they weren’t returned. So he backed off.

That December night, Terry asked his father to come inside. The kids were giddy to see their grandfather, who had thrilled them on Christmases past by playing Santa Claus.

“I’m sorry, Terry, I just can’t,” Bill Young said.

The Republican congressman returned to his car, where his new wife, Beverly, was waiting.

According to Terry, Bill Young never tried to contact him or the grandchildren again.

After Bill Young died Oct. 18 at 82, he was given a funeral befitting a legend. Speakers — including House Speaker John Boehner and high-ranking military officials — praised his skills at crafting legislation and advocating for his constituents.

There was a second theme amid the accolades: Bill Young, family man.

A lengthy photo montage showed the congressman with the three sons (one adopted) and eight grandchildren who resulted from his marriage to Beverly.

But no one mentioned the three children, seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren from his marriage to the former Marian Ford. Nor were any of those family members included in the photo presentation.

Then an unscripted moment changed the tenor of the service. It happened 1 hour and 39 minutes in, after speeches from two of Young’s sons and a Marine corporal close to the family.

One son stayed behind at the lectern.

“I would also like to say that he also has three other children who are adults,” Robert Young announced. He gave their names — Pam, Terry, Kimber — and said that they are “not really speakers” and that he “didn’t want to put them on the spot.”

You may read the rest of that story. It is summed up here:

Back in 1986, Florida Congressman Bill Young, a then-nine-term Republican from the Tampa area, received the Family and Freedom Award from Christian Voice, a major conservative religious lobby at the time.

The year before, he had divorced his wife of 36 years to marry his secretary, who was younger than his children and had already borne him an out-of-wedlock child.

This striking detail, among many others, comes from a Tampa Bay Times story by Andrew Meacham about how badly Young’s first family was treated by him and his new-edition wife, up to and including writing them out of the printed obituaries. (h/t Wonkette)

Family and Freedom, indeed, if that means the freedom to essentially abandon your family to fornicate with then marry your Congressional staffer and start another family with her. Young married his secretary eight days after his divorce was final, in the House prayer room in the Capitol.

Young died in October while in his 22nd term in the House. He was the longest-serving Republican in the House.

His first wife was sworn to secrecy as part of the divorce agreement that granted her $2,000 a month in alimony. His death ended the payment, and the agreement.


And, of course, Young voted to impeach Bill Clinton for an extramarital blowjob.

Post mortem, Young joins a long list of Republican hypocrites who espouse Christian family values in public and violate them in private — Newt Gingrich, John McCain, Mark Sanford, David Vitter, Larry Craig, Henry Hyde, John Ensign, Vito Fossella, etc.

With more surely to come, should the media do their job.

I have to wonder why people keep supporting conservative values through electing scum like these when those values are simply not based on reality.

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