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Quotes: Reaction to U.S. Rep. Young’s retirement

Published:   |   Updated: October 10, 2013 at 06:15 AM

“He was a cardinal in a con­clave of the congressional leadership. He was a card­inal because he was revered and respected and admired. He earned it.”

Brig. Gen. Chip Diehl, U.S. Air Force retired, former MacDill base commander

“He was such a humble guy. He always put ego aside and just wanted to do the right thing.”

St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce President Chris Steinocher

“He could spend more time focusing on issues than the average congressman who spends so much time raising money. He was very savvy, very interested and know­ledge­­able about security affairs.”

Adm. William Fallon, retired, ex-head of U.S. Central Command

“Much of what MacDill has become can be attributed to the work of Bill Young. ... While he technically did not represent Tampa, he always had Tampa Bay’s best interest at heart.”

Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn

“Pinellas County is bigger than one person, but he was a giant. You can’t replace him.”

St. Petersburg Mayor Bill Foster

“When I was mayor and we needed support in Washing­ton, I never called a lobbyist. I never called anyone else. I called Bill Young.”

Former St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Baker

“There are so many things named after Bill Young for a reason. He really supported every aspect of the community, whether it was black, white, Democrat or Republican.”

Pinellas County Commission Chairman Ken Welch

“He was always someone who approached solutions in a bipartisan way. He will be missed.”

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