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February 7, 2016

Don Young Said to Have Barged Through Barriers Blocking Asbestos Spill

Young, center, did not abide by Capitol Police warnings to stop. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Sources say that Young, center, did not abide by Capitol Police officers warnings to stop. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Asbestos abatement continues following the July 10 outbreak that briefly closed the House side of the Capitol, and one congressman might be in hot water for his conduct that morning.

Republican Rep. Don Young, the self-described “alpha wolf” of Alaska politics, allegedly barged through the police line established to prevent members of Congress and staff from entering the Capitol following the spill.

According to multiple sources, Young told an officer trying to stop him from entering the Capitol: “I don’t care if the building is closed,” cursed at the cop, then barged into the scene of the cleanup. A call went out over the Capitol Police radios about the incident, according to officers who are not authorized to speak for the department.

Capitol Police spokesman Shennell Antrobus told CQ Roll Call he had nothing to share when asked if he could confirm the allegations about Young or confirm if officers had been asked to file reports about the 20-term congressman’s behavior.

On Tuesday, Young told CQ Roll Call he had “no comment” as he exited the floor following a series of votes.

The Architect of the Capitol reported that air samples from the affected area near the East Grand Staircase tested “well below the regulatory limit for general space occupancy,” but sampling will continue. AOC spokeswoman Laura Condeluci did not respond to questions for this story.

Late Monday night, following the final votes in the House chamber, the AOC’s contractor installed scaffolding in the East Grand Staircase to proceed with a full cleaning of the stairwell.

On Tuesday, floor-to-ceiling plastic sheeting covered the landings on the second and third floors and a sign notified the public of the temporary construction closure expected to last through the end of July. The barriers allow the AOC to reactivate air conditioning in affected areas and resume work in the attic space above the staircase, according to the agency.

Tours of the Capitol are not impacted and will continue on normal routes.


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  • Layla

    Stupid move, Rep. Young. Let’s hope it doesn’t result in lung cancer.

    • Skippy2000


  • Truth Happens

    That’s not a Statesman. Inexcusable.

  • Norma Munn


  • Poshboy

    Mr. Young is awesome. Some stupid alert for a tiny risk–please. He’s got better things to do than stand around and wring his hands like a p#ssy. And telling the Cap Police cop to get to work– I love it! They know who not to tick off, and Mr. Young has been at the top of that list for years.

    You the alpha wolfman, Mr. Young! Never change.

  • EllisWyatt

    The whole country is turning into pajama boys. Don Young isn’t.

  • Silence Dogood

    Young is a nut. Kudos to the Capitol police for a double standard. They busted a lawmaker several years ago for disobeying an officer and going around a check point. Here’s to corruption charges against Young. Time to send that freak back to Alaska.

  • The Merchant

    If certain attributes somehow entitle a person to a position or wage, then liberty does not exist because someone else has been empowered to position them via subjective judgment.

  • Oliver Ales

    While collectivism and altruism are often considered synonymous, it is egoism that opposes altruism and individualism that opposes collectivism.

  • Bob Stauskas

    Even though liberty’s principles differ from democratic processes, democratic methods can support liberty where they offer each of us input into the political decisions that affect our lives and liberty.

  • Stuff Junn

    When we develop or discover new skills that improve our own lot, we gain the ability to make a better contribution to our friends and fellows.

  • Jon Swift

    Despite collectivist claims that individualism opposes altruism, it is egoism that is the opposite of altruism and it is individualism which is the opposite of collectivism.

  • Scot Chipping

    Considering the various cultures that have evolved within a variety of environments, it is reasonable to conclude that the traditions and political principles found among them would be just as diverse.

  • Matt D.

    As the webs of bureaucratic socialism grow thicker, even our brief respites to choose new overseers become insufficient to maintain the mental faculties upon which morality, liberty, and prosperity depend.

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