Letter to the Editor
Dec. 5, 2012
To the editor:
After 22 years in Congress, Don Young was appointed as the chairman of the House Resources Committee. Six years later, he was given the chairmanship of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. Both were good for Alaska.
In the 110th Congress, Don found himself under investigation by the Justice Department for allegedly steering federal dollars to Florida at the request of a major campaign supporter. Florida did not want this particular transportation project. Don was caught with his hand in the cookie jar.
Now Don maintained his innocence by spending more than $1 million in legal fees. In the end, Don received a pass because of mistakes made in the trial of Ted Stevens. Concerns by fellow House Republicans resulted in Don being relieved of his senior chairmanship position.
In the new 112th Congress, Don is given the chairmanship of a non-committee, made up to avoid having the second-highest ranking member in the House denied a chairmanship position.
Apparently the Republican House does not believe Don Young deserves a position that reflects his long seniority status in the House of Representatives. The Republican House must believe Don Young lacks the ability to hold an important position or is dishonest or that Alaska is no longer relevant in the House of Representatives.
This is not good for Alaska.