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Billy Young, Rep. C.W. Bill Young's son, was left sitting on stage when the Democratic opponent removed herself from a forum Thursday night.

Billy Young stood in place of his father, Rep. C.W. Bill Young, at a forum on Thursday at the Gulfport Casino Ballroom. Although Young was present for the forum, Jessica Ehrlich, walked off the stage following her two minute introduction. Ehrlich, the Democratic candidate for U.S. House District 13, cited the absence of her opponent as the reason for leaving.

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 for Billy Young's reaction to Ehrlich's decision to leave the stage.

In all, 19 candidates were invited to take part in the Meet the Candidates Forum by the Gulfport Democratic Club and St. Petersburg Republican Club.

Organizers allowed all candidates to address voters with a two minute introduction and followed with two prepared questions for each race. They also allowed candidates to have a representative in their absence; a first for the forums in Gulfport.

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Michael D. September 21, 2012 at 07:38 PM
I beleive it was reported he hasn't shown up for a debate since 1992. So I'm going to assume it is he didn't feel the need to attend.
J Stenhouse September 21, 2012 at 10:41 PM
I guess when a forum is called "Meet the Candidates" it should be limited to those individuals who are actually running for office. It should not be a 'meet a younger relative' event. It is time for a positive change for this area's representation in Congress.
rick barasso September 21, 2012 at 11:23 PM
And his father was like the empty chair
Dan Pressler September 22, 2012 at 04:13 PM
Could it have been he accepted the debate, then when a meeting with the Secretary of State was scheduled, sent his son in his place as allowed by the organizers of the debate ....
Mark L Grantham September 24, 2012 at 11:38 PM
For this constituent/voter, I go to different events/forums to hear the actual candidates, not a stand in. I do not wish to hear an understudy-fill in! Not that Bill Young had my vote before the forum, he certainly did not have my vote afterwards! Actions speak louder than words! It seems to me that Bill Young disregarded the populace!

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