Reporter: Rep. Don Young Apologized For Shoving Me

Rep. Don Young (R-AK) arrives to hold a news conference with Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) outside of the Capitol to discuss the introduction of two bipartisan marijuana bills on March 7, 2019. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)
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April 4, 2019 1:57 p.m.

Rep. Don Young (R-AK) on Thursday called reporter Melanie Zanona of Politico to apologize for shoving her earlier in the day, Zanona said on Twitter.

Zanona’s update came about two hours after she tweeted that Young “just physically shoved me and told me to get out of his way ‘damnit’ as I was trying to interview another lawmaker outside the door of the House chamber.”

The reporter did not respond to TPM’s interview request, but a spokesperson for Young, Zack Brown, said in an email to TPM that “Congressman Young spoke personally to Ms. Zanona today, and they had a productive conversation.”

It’s not the first time Young has gotten physical in the halls of Congress. In 2014, he apologized to a congressional staffer after a television producer caught him on tape twisting the staffer’s arm. Prior to that, he barged through a police line to get into the House side of the Capitol building, which had been off-limits due to an asbestos scare. He also once held a closed knife to the throat of former House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH). (Young told that story on Rep. Sean Duffy’s (R-WI) podcast, “Plaidcast.” Listen here at 10:18.)

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