ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — A national Republican organization is coming under fire for polling voters in the district of U.S. Rep. Bill Young.
Young died last week after 43 years in Congress, and his funeral was Thursday.
The National Republican Congressional Committee started polling Pinellas County voters a day earlier about potential matchups in a special election for Young's replacement.
Florida Gov. Rick Scott, who attended Young's funeral, blasted the group.
"It's typical Washington," said Scott, a Republican. "There's no off on the political switch. It's disappointing."
Katie Prill, a spokeswoman for the NRCC, said that a few unscheduled polling calls were "inadvertently" made in Young's district. She apologized for the "unfortunate mistake."
It's up to Scott to decide when to set the date for the special election.