‘St. Pete Times’: Wife of GOP Congressman Booted Out of State of Union Speech


Cindy Sheehan wasn’t the only. The wife of Rep. C.W. Bill Young said she was ejected during President Bush’s State of the Union address for wearing a T-shirt that said, “Support the Troops Defending Our Freedom,” a newspaper reported Wednesday.

Beverly Young said she was sitting in the front row of the House gallery Tuesday night when she was approached by someone who told her she needed to leave, according to the St. Petersburg Times.

After reluctantly agreeing, she said, she argued with several officers in an outside hallway.

“They said I was protesting,” she said in a telephone interview with the newspaper Tuesday. “I said, ‘Read my shirt, it is not a protest.’ They said, ‘We consider that a protest.’ I said, ‘Then you are an idiot.'”

Capitol Police disagreed with Young’s account of the incident.

“She was not ejected from the gallery. She did leave on her own,” said Sgt. Kimberly Schneider, who said she could not provide further information.

Young, 50, said her shirt is a message of support for U.S. soldiers and Marines. She often wears such T-shirts when she visits her husband, a Republican from Indian Shores, at the Capitol, as well as troops who have been wounded.

Rep. Young found out about the incident after Bush’s speech.

“I just called for the chief of police and asked him to get his little tail over here,” Young said. “This is not acceptable.”

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