For the most part, here at TPMmuckraker we've only quoted Rep. Don Young (R-AK) threatening to bite a fellow congressman like an Alaskan mink
. It turns out he has much more to say.
In an interview with the AP
, he covers topics ranging from his hot temper to the campaign dollars former Veco CEO Bill Allen, who has pleaded guilty to federal bribery charges, has given him over the years. And now we know where Young stands on Machiavelli's question of whether it is better for a ruler to be feared than loved (feared). Unfortunately, Young said that he couldn't comment on the ongoing investigation. But he had plenty to say nonetheless. From the interview:
Q. Let me ask you your assessment of two things: the investigations and your short temper that is well-known there - is that ultimately hurting the state?
A. No, no. People donât understand this, you know? I have found no weakness in the Congress at all. You will find no one who does not respect me in the Congress. You may find some that donât like me. That doesnât bother me.
Q. Bill Allenâs been in the news, and youâve had some association with him. What can you tell us about that association? His employees have donated $150,000 over 10 years.
A. Figure it out. Ten years, $150,000. Itâs what, $20,000 or less a year. Thatâs not very much money.
Q. Some state representatives have returned money to these people. Do you have any plans to do that?
And on next year's election:
Q. To the election, Democrats are smelling blood in the water. ...
A. According to the paper.
Q. Do you think youâre vulnerable?
A. No. I think itâs going to be a different race....
Q. Any idea what weâre going to see differently?
A. Well, I think the standard thing will be raising all these cloudy questions. Thatâs fine just remember; those that cast stones better damn well better not live in a glass house.
Q. You know stuff?
A. Letâs put it this way, Iâm not just going to sit and let everybody beat me up. Itâll make for an exciting campaign.