Skip to comments.(AK) GOP Rep. Don Young endorses Democrat in Hawaii Senate race
Posted on 07/24/2012 6:13:13 PM PDT by markomalley
Rep. Don Young (R-Alaska) has endorsed Rep. Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) in her Senate bid, a surprising move since the seat could be in play for Republicans this fall.
Young praises Hirono for working across the aisle in the lighthearted Web ad, in which he repeatedly jokes about criticizing House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) before hugging Hirono at the end.
"While Mazie and I don't see eye to eye on everything, we've done something too many people in Washington refuse to cross the aisle and do: We've worked together," Young said in the ad, and praises Hirono for working with him to protect funding for education programs for native Alaskans and Hawaiians. "If you're looking for a United States senator who doesn't just talk about bipartisanship but actually knows how to work with Republicans and Democrats to get things done, Mazie Hirono will be that senator."
Hirono will face off against former Rep. Ed Case (D-Hawaii) in the state's Aug. 11 primary. Case, a former member of the centrist Blue Dog Democratic Coalition, has argued he'd be the more electable candidate because of his bipartisan credentials, an argument this endorsement undercuts.
Hirono has the backing of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee and is favored in the primary. The winner will face former Hawaii Gov. Linda Lingle (R) in the fall in a race that leans Democratic.
The day of the reach around is over. Time to cut Young loose to find honest employment somewhere else.
The “moderates” are feeling empowered recently and its going to be costly.
Sarah must be the only decent politician to have come from AK. Its two senators are pathetic.
I wish there were an impenetrable wall of flame right in the middle of the aisle.
me thinks there has been some swapping of bodily fluids between these two....
What does it take to mount a recall effort in Alaska?
Someone remind this idiot and his owners in the MSM that the entire freaking point of different parties is to represent different approaches and ideas. This working together BS is just that. Bullshit.
How does one logically ‘work with’ people who want you to vanish into thin air? The Dems and the ‘platform’ of the GOP are 100% opposed. Unfortunately the GOP itself is now the Dem party and to hell with their own platform.
Someone explain why the GOP should ‘work with’ anyone but the American people in it’s membership/voters? If by some miracle, the goals and processes to achieve them align with the Dems or any other party, then OK. But that’s not gonna ever happen. Ergo, either the GOP represents their constituents or they represent the Dem constituents through compromise. Because a political party is not there to compromise. It’s there to achieve the ends of the members. If compromise and kumbaya politics is the goal, then scrap the parties altogether as they are an impediment to that.
This seems lost on today’s pols and media.
there is no loyalty...none...
RINOS make me want to puke regardless of which state they hail from!
House - No more then 6 terms (12 years) in the House then sit out 2 or 3 terms to regain eligibility,
Senate - 2 terms (12 years) then sit out 1 term to regain eligibility.
Considering in my lifetime, I have never seen anyone from the Democrat party compromise on anything of substance, I then can only assume the Republican(s) "lost" on whatever issue you and Mazie "worked together" on.
Will someone please remind this idiot (and all RINOs) that she put Harry Reid in charge of the Senate!!! Not no... HELL NO!
So Donnie boy. Which one of you “crosses the aisle” the most?
I remember you same guys hollaring about Ted Stevens then crying the blues when the Dems & Obama ran everything through the Senate. You all ought to grow up and figure out how it works. Where've ya been all your lives, just get off the banana boat; sure sounds like it.
None of ya could ever make it in Alaska anyway, stay down there where ya all belong paying all those taxes; living the crime ridden and your decaying lifestyles. People in ALaska, will always vote for Don Young and his kid that runs after him too.
In 2008, Young was challenged in the GOP primary by then-Lt. Gov Sean Parnell.
Young won the primary by only 304 votes out of almost 106,000 votes cast.
Don Young has been in Congress since 1973 when he won a special election. NO ONE, regardless of their party affiliation, should hold elected office for that long.
But Alaska’s voters apparently love the pork and freebies their congressional delegation brings back to Alaska. Ted Stevens was US Senator for 40 years and likely would still be there if it wasn’t for prosecutorial misconduct.
I prefer after 12 eligibility for the same seat is ovah and out.
You can run House->Senate, Senate->House, but once your do your 12 in either one, that seat is done. It's the only way to Restore the Citizen Statesman.
Only a bare handful of hard-boiled DC lunatics would go Senate->House. Some would go Senate->Governor, and hopefully most would just find some quiet corner and drool on themselves, because the Senate is the problem right now. And to regimentally purge it of lifers like Lugar is the solution.
Here in Hilo when Mazie was running for Governor against Linda Lingle, Mazie’s supporters were on one side of the main drag and we Lingle supporters were on the opposite side. Our supporters were all enthusiastic volunteers, and Mazie’s were reluctant paid union people.
Since she came to Hawaii from Japan when she was 3 years old, she does not speak Japanese. Knowing that, we kept up a chant of MAZUI, MAZUI,MAZUI. In Japanese this means unsavory, bland, not acceptable.
Her people didn’t know how to respond.
Alaska needs to flush this turd Don Young down the toilet, pronto.
What the heck is in the water in Alaska?
“What the heck is in the water in Alaska?”
I don’t know but it is obvious that “eska” had been drinking a LOT of it.
This is typical Alaska RINO behavior. Ted Stevens and Lisa’s daddy Frank Murkowski did the same thing. They will do ANYTHING to get more gubbmint $$$ for their Alaska Native constituents which is then squandered on completely un-freaking-believable pork-barrel projects. For instance, a $25,000,000 sewage treatment plant for an Arctic village with a population of 60. There was no one in the village qualified to run the plant. Thanks Uncle Ted.
Alaska sucks way more money from the Feds then all those “independent” sourdoughs will admit to, is dominated by unions and Native Corporations, and has one of the most socialistic state governments in the country. There’s a very active gang problem in Anchorage too.
There is so much corruption among the Democrats in Hawaii, led by Gov. Abercrombie, an old pinko, that Hawaii’s going to need more jails to house them all when the truth comes out.
You can’t recall a federally elected official.
Contact info: Rep Don Young...
(when I can’t start my own post on a Facebook Page of a Public Servant, I just post it in the most recent comment of a post already made)
Young should be under a jail with all the money he’s wasted on pork
Think what ya may, I drink the good glacial water and been on FR since 1996. You’ll sit in wonderment and cry your eyes out when another dem like Begich gets in over your simple minded criticism of Donny Young. Young is better than most of the Repubs in lower 48 and will get re-elected until he decides to retire and let one of his half breed kids take over. His kids will get support from all Alaskans too, Whites, Indians, rural, and urban Alaskans cause he’s a stand up kinda guy and people up here been watching him do his thing for many years and like his anger at the feds, unlike you all crawling under the carpet in fear.
If so, he’s been spending waaaaaay too much of his time in the Alaska wilderness with nothing around but moose.
ever see the picture go Swartzenagers housekeeper and lover?
you just can’t ever tell someones taste in women....
Gee, I just met you and already I don't like you for some reason.
People in ALaska, will always vote for Don Young and his kid that runs after him too.
Have fun with that. Just remember, when this tool (and other clueless GOPs) endorse Dems, they are endorsing Dem leadership in their respective houses. I'll take the wanna be conservatives over such champions of virtue any day.
“Gee, I just met you and already I don’t like you for some reason.”
LOL, I was thinking the same thing when I read this guy’s post.
They even made a commercial together
I lived in Alaska from 1976 until 2002 so I know a little about the state.
You do not know me, sir. Do not assume that all people in the Lower 48 “crawl under the carpet with fear.” If that is what you believe you are deluded. I thought that same way when I lived up there. Now that I live in a conservative state that is not controlled by unions and indian tribes I have realized the errors of my previous perceptions.
Begich got elected by foul play - same way most commiecrats get elected. Stevens gave him plenty of ammo. He got way too big for his britches. Murkowski is only in there because her daddy appointed his little princess. They both make me sick.
Don Young has done a lot of good things for Alaska. That being said, he has been in D.C. too long and it is starting to show. Being an elected representative of the people is not supposed to be a career or a family dynasty.
“..Only a bare handful of hard-boiled DC lunatics would go Senate->House. ....”
John Quincy Adams went Presidency to the House but not immediately. I would respect something like that, shows some level of humility, something rare for the professional politician class.