Alaska Congressman Don Young apologizes for shoving reporter in DC

Published: Apr. 4, 2019 at 11:41 AM AKDT
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A reporter in Washington reportedly was physically pushed by Alaska Congressman Don Young, R-AK, the longest-serving member of the House. Following her social media post, she said he apologized.

Politico reporter Melanie Zanona first tweeted the incident, writing, "Rep. @DonYoungAK 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."

Roughly two hours later, Zanona followed this up by stating she had been in touch with Young, and that he apologized for the shove.

"Don Young has called me to personally apologize, which I accepted and very much appreciate," Zanona wrote in a Thursday tweet. "Told him we were just trying to do our jobs (which he said he understood)!"

Channel 2 reached out to Young. His spokesperson said the two had been in touch. As of this filing no direct comment was made by Young himself.

"As has been tweeted, Congressman Young personally spoke with Ms. Zanona earlier today and they had a productive conversation," Young spokesperson Zack Brown said in an email.

Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairwoman Cheri Bustos, D-IL, said the incident warranted an apology.

"This is NOT ok. I was a reporter for nearly two decades, and, as a Member of Congress, I've given a lot of interviews off the floor - but I've never seen anything like this before. @DonYoungAK is clearly out of line and owes @MZanona an apology," Bustos tweeted.

Young is well-known for his sometimes gruff demeanor to lawmakers and journalists alike. In a profile piece published in Politico in 2017, former House speaker John Boehner said Young reportedly

Young said of the knife-point incident, which Boehner said came after he was ridiculing Young and he "pinned Boehner against a wall inside the House chamber and held a 10-inch knife to his throat," was just "friendly back and forth banter."