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February 13, 2016

Don Young Gets Grabby With Congressional Aide (Updated)

Young confronts an aide who tried to stop him from entering the side door of a House Republican meeting. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Young confronts an aide who tried to stop him from entering the side door of a House Republican meeting. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Updated 8:12 p.m. | With the August recess in jeopardy and House Republicans in total disarray, the arm-twisting on Capitol Hill is getting pretty intense.

Just ask the unfortunate aide who dared cross the path of a tardy Don Young.

NBC News producer Frank Thorp V caught the late-for-the-conference-meeting Alaska Republican’s manhandling of an unsuspecting staffer on camera. Per Thorp’s Twitter feed, the aide had attempted to redirect Young to enter the already in-progress GOP strategy session through another doorway when things got physical.

“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,” Young said in a statement. “Regardless, my reaction was wrong and I should have never placed my hands on the young man.”


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  • Krusher

    I’m not allowed to behave that way at work. If I did, I’d be summarily terminated.

  • timpundit

    He should have punched Young. Hey, Self defense, ‘stand your ground’ and all the other slogans that get the gun humpers hard.

  • spiff

    HAHAHA, I’m almost tempted to try to put a non-for profit website up to raise money to get the paparazzi to follow every damn GOP knucklehead 24/7. If they aren’t closet gays, they have the classic arrogance that rivals the Aryan race.
    These type of “gaffs” I’m sure are VERY common among them, the
    Teabaggers especially, because they truly are God’s chosen. These
    classic fau pas would be great for the November elections

  • myrtlemay lee

    Young apparently epitomizes that ol’ joke: “if it weren’t for his low-class, he’d have no class at all”.

  • sierraseven

    I do wonder what happened just before the start of this video clip. If the staffer put his hands on Rep. Young first, in an attempt to prevent him from going into a meeting he was authorized to attend, it’s a whole different situation than if Rep. Young was the first to get physical. If someone tried to physically interfere with me, I would respond in kind.

    And I have to admit, I did laugh at the pudgy staffer’s reaction to octogenarian Young’s grip.

  • martinsnapp

    But I’ll bet he makes sure the staffer is fired after the brouhaha has died down.

  • E. Burke

    The aidehould sue Congressman Young for assault and battery. The arrogance on the HIll in both parties is disgraceful. So many of them believe they are the
    ” ruling class”.

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