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Video shows Young grab Wash. staffer

Republican Rep. admits 'reaction was wrong'

Posted: August 1, 2014 - 12:12am

A video surfaced Thursday afternoon on Twitter that shows Alaska Republican Rep. Don Young grabbing and twisting the arm of a staffer who was urging Young not to enter a meeting in progress.

Matt Shuckerow, a spokesman for Young, told the Alaska Dispatch News that the staffer was not a member of Young’s staff.

“While returning to the GOP conference meeting to discuss the ongoing situation on our southern border, I was caught off guard by an unidentified individual who was physically blocking me from reentering the room. Regardless, my reaction was wrong and I should have never placed my hands on the young man,” Young said in a statement to the ADN.

A call to Young’s office was not answered.

Young was also recently caught on video making faces on the House Floor during a speech about a fallen Marine, and the ethics of his connections with some Washington-based lobbyists have been called into question.

Young is running for re-election this year against Democrat Forrest Dunbar.

• Contact reporter Matt Woolbright at 523-2243 or at matthew.woolbright@juneauempire.com. Follow him on Twitter at https://twitter.com/reportermatt.

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Michael Haase 08/01/14 - 06:52 am
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Tim Miller
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Tim Miller 08/01/14 - 10:03 am
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Staffer -Do us all a favor

Staffer -Do us all a favor and sue Don Young

Elva Bontrager
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Elva Bontrager 08/01/14 - 05:33 pm
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I agree with Tim Miller.

Mainly because of the expression on Young's face. It was chilling- I would hate to be a member of his household.

Karl Ashenbrenner
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Karl Ashenbrenner 08/07/14 - 07:52 am
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Power

corrupts and all the years of power have corrupted Don Young, he feels he is entitled to push people around and get away with anything he does. He needs to go....

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