Rep. Don Young (RINO-Alaska) has the distinction of being the most radical underperformer on our Madison Performance Index. As one of the most liberal members from a conservative/libertarian state, Young earns a -52.5 on our MPI. Here is our description of him:
Young is the king of pork, never saw a spending bill that he didn’t like, and uses his committee assignment on the Transportation Committee to grow the size of the federal government. He is the embodiment of crony capitalism, working in tandem with special interests to empower himself and his friends.
Don Young was one of 3 Republicans to vote for the socialist “Fair Pay Act” in 2009. In 2011, he voted against almost every spending cut and opposed every effort to end taxpayer special favors for big labor. He voted for all the major annual spending bills and the debt ceiling increase. In 2012, Young was one of only 16 Republicans to vote for the Simpson-Bowles tax increases. Don Young is a true red state statist who is representing a solid Republican state with big-government policies.
Well, in case you doubted us, take a look at this story from The Hill. Young is now supporting a liberal Democrat for Senate in Hawaii against Republican Linda Lingle:
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.”
Let’s put this in perspective. Republicans are running a liberal former governor for the seat, yet she is not liberal enough for Young. Even within the Democrat primary, the other major candidate is a more centrist blue dog, Ed Case. He is evidently not liberal enough for Young. Instead he endorses the most liberal candidate in the race.
Remember that the establishment is always accusing us of thwarting a Republican majority in the Senate by nominating conservatives whom they believe are unelectable. Well, Young is supporting the Democrat in a key race that could possibly determine the balance of the Senate.
Memo to Alaska voters: we need a choice in Washington representing Alaska, not an echo. Sean Parnell came so close to knocking him off in 2008. We need another swing at him next time around. Any takers?