Wednesday, January 04, 2006

Bridge to Scandal: Part 6

The only Don Young news today comes from columnist Robert Novak:

" Rep. Sherwood Boehlert, one of the most liberal Republicans in Congress who is now serving his 12th term from upstate New York, might not seek re-election in 2006 if he is shut out from committee chairmanships.

Boehlert is serving his last year as Science Committee chairman thanks to term limits. Although he is next in line to head the Transportation Committee (a principal dispenser of pork), current Chairman Don Young of Alaska is expected to block Boehlert's ascension. Boehlert's lifetime support record by the American Conservative Union is only 40 percent.

A footnote: Rep. Tom Petri of Wisconsin is next in line at Transportation after Boehlert, but he may be stopped because of his support for a gas tax increase. That choice chairmanship could fall to Rep. John J. Duncan Jr. of Tennessee."

It is nice to know that Young will not be Transportation Committee chairman after this year. If he had a lifetime appointment, he might pave over all of Alaska.

On a side note, I have been reading a lot about the Jack Abramoff scandal. While I have not heard any connections to Don Young, it would not surprise me.

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