Video shows Young grab Wash. staffer

Republican Rep. admits 'reaction was wrong'

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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